Bell Hill was established in 1997 by Marcel Giesen and Sherwyn Veldhuizen on the site of an old limestone quarry in the Weka Pass.
For this pair of experienced wine makers, though they prefer the term wine growers, the pure chalky, limestone soils and calcareous clays set to a the northerly exposure were crying out for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to be planted. As anticipated, the resulting grapes were of an exceptional quality.
Each block and sub plot are individually harvested and once the wines expression can be seen developing during maturation, they are blended to maximise balance, complexity and texture. The unique aromatic footprint of these wines shows savoury, earthy and dried herb notes rather than the bright primary fruit of many new world Pinot Noirs. The supple, firm structure lends itself to aging, and Bell Hill give their wines extra bottle maturation before release. They make just 3 and a half barrels of their beautiful flagship wine and demand regularly outstrips production.
Bottle 75cl £13.00