All of our wines are estate grown at Bell Hill and go back to our first four vintages of Old Weka Pass Road Pinot Noir from 1999 to 2002 before our inaugural Bell Hill Pinot Noir 2003 vintage and Bell Hill Chardonnay 2004 vintage.
The 2007 season started with a changeable spring with very windy north-westerly's and southerlies. It followed the coldest June since 1972 and the windiest spring since 1975. We had four frosts including the last one on the 1st of December – all of which were successfully kept at bay with our frost protection system of overhead sprinklers – a December frost was a new event for us and has not been repeated since. It did not really warm up in early December at an average temperature of 4 degrees below normal until a heat spike arrived from the 17th. Weather during flowering was mixed – at times cool and moist, with a hail shower or two for interest. The result was poor flowering over an elongated period, a lot of work was done in the vineyard with green harvesting to ensure the fruit left to ripen was even in its maturation. We had a saving grace though – March and April – very warm stable weather only broken by the occasional coastal and southerly weather pattern. What initially looked like a two-week delay in harvest actually resulted in most fruit coming in within our historic picking dates (the exception being the Limeworks Chardonnay). Yields were down although not to the extent of the 2005 vintage. Seven barrels of Pinot Noir were made and one barrel of Chardonnay.
The Shelf Pinot Noir was picked on Easter Monday the 9th of April (24.5 Brix, 3.54pH, 5.06g/l TA) and the Shelf Chardonnay was picked on the 12th of April (22.5 Brix, 3.22pH, 9.75g/L TA). The upper part of the Quarry Pinot Noir 10/5 block was harvested on the 23rd of April (23.8 Brix, 3.52pH, 6.75g/L TA) and the lower part on the 25th (23 Brix, 3.42pH, 7.43g/L TA). Both the Limeworks (21.6 Brix, 3.51pH, 5.63 TA) and Quarry Rootlings (21.6 Brix, 3.52pH, 5.85g/L TA) Pinot Noirs came in on the 30th of April and the Limeworks Chardonnay was harvested late on the 7th of May (22.2 – 22.8 Brix, 3.02pH, 10.2g/L TA).