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 2010 vintage season began with a cool, wet spring and late snow in September. We had periods of warm weather but generally the quite cool trends extended into flowering. It was a great spring for planting our final blocks with 10,000 vines, the moisture giving them a good start to their new life at Bell Hill. Flowering occurred over an elongated period and resulted in small bunches with low fruit set, hence reduced yields. Veraison followed flowering in its tempo – long and uneven. However, from February we experienced a return to summer and enjoyed a long period of higher temperatures and even conditions allowing us to bring in our small crop successfully and giving us a great range of flavour profile and tannin structure.
Harvest began on the 15th of April with the Shelf Pinot Noir, followed by the Shelf Chardonnay on the 19th, the Quarry Rootlings and half of the 10/5 Pinot Noir (Quarry Blend) on the 23rd and the remainder of the Quarry 10/5 and the Limeworks Chardonnay came in on the 26th. No Limeworks Pinot Noir anymore due to replanting this in the spring with Chardonnay. In all, a short harvest period of 11 days showing how the Indian summer evened things up. Due to the loose bunch structure and the cooler early summer, we chose to de-stem all of the Pinot Noir.