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 2008 season was quite moderate, we had few frosts and the flowering was very successful from a crop point of view due to very hot weather in December and January. Towards the end of the season in February we had some significant rain and as the canopy was still vegetative it slowed down veraison progression for a couple of weeks, warm weather in March saw us catch this up with harvest commencing on the 18th of April. The Shelf Chardonnay was harvested on the 18th of April (21.6 Brix, 3.20pH, 10.2g/L TA) and the Shelf Pinot Noir was picked on the 21st (25 Brix, 3.57pH, 5.78g/L TA). The Limeworks Pinot Noir was harvested on the 22nd of April (25 Brix, 3.52pH, 5.89g/L TA) followed by the Quarry Block which was harvested in two parts on the 25th (23.5 Brix, 3.33pH, 9.3g/L TA) and 26th (23.5 Brix, 3.47pH, 7.39g/L TA). The Limeworks Chardonnay was harvested on the 28th of April (22 Brix, 3.22pH, 9.94g/L TA). We invested in a new Armbruster Rotovib De-stemmer for the 2008 vintage and this gave us a very gentle de-stemming of the fruit, so gentle that we had an extraordinary amount of whole berries not seen at Bell Hill before and therefore the Pinot Noirs have an elegance and finesse about them due to the lighter extraction process. These wines have been building nicely with time.