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Located within a lime quarry in the Weka Pass, North Canterbury, Bell Hill vineyard is modelled on the high density plantings of vineyards in Burgundy, France.

 

 

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BOB CAMPBELL MW
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29 MARCH, 2021

A new label from Bell Hill the Single Parcel Limeworks Chardonnay 2016 sets a new high price for New Zealand chardonnay. Tasted alongside the outstanding 2016 Chardonnay label, this wine shows greater concentration and even more complexity. Impressively textural chardonnay that's mouth-filling with an ethereal texture. Citrus, chalk-mineral, baguette crust and spicy oak flavours. A wonderful wine with great cellaring potential. Only 639 bottles made - very collectible! Drink 2021-2028 99 Points

Bell Hill Chardonnay 2017 Tasted alongside the 2016 vintage. Quite a gutsy, concentrated chardonnay that perhaps lacks the finesse of the 2016 but has character and impressive intensity with toast, green apple, lime-citrus and an attractive saline, chalk character. Drink 2021-2027 96 Points

Bell Hill Pinot Noir 2017 Taut, elegant, vibrant pinot noir with cherry, savoury, dried herbs, oyster-shell, violet and mixed spice flavours supported by a backbone of fine, gently drying tannins. A youthful wine with the potential to develop well with bottle age. 96 Points


February 2021
QUALITY BURGUNDIAN INSPIRED PIONEERING VINEYARD WINS VITICULTURALIST OF THE YEAR

Bell Hill Vineyard Winegrowers Marcel Giesen and Sherwyn Veldhuizen have claimed the coveted Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine’s Viticulturist of the Year 2021 Award.

“This award validates our pioneering efforts that began in 1997, our old-school values and a continuation of tradition,” says Sherwyn.

“Our pursuit of limestone soils; our winegrowing ethos of Burgundian viticulture, high vine density (11,363 vines/ha) and dry farming; our low yields per vine and high, painstaking ‘doing it, not just talking about it’ attitude; as well as our detail in the vineyard partnered with organic farming and Biodynamic methods – they all combine to elevate the quality of fruit from which our wines are made.”

In recent times, new vineyard plantings and more land have provided additional opportunities for expansion as the pair ramp up their regenerative farming efforts – a movement that the pair say is one of their most exciting developments.

“Regenerative farming is about working with the land to actively improve it,” Sherwyn explains. “We’re moving away from cultivation to enhancing biodiversity and soil health. Thank you for recognising our crazy dream, in a way the best is still to come, and more extreme boundaries will be pushed to hold those around us accountable to try harder themselves.”


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