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Bell Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Bell Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
As Bell Hill's vines penetrate further into their limestone soils, the inimitable character of this site is articulated ever more dramatically in its fruits. This release is more honed and scaffolded than ever, with a frame of firm, finely textured tannins of great focus and persistence. Fantastic exotic depth of sarsaparilla, coal and black fruits of all kinds defines a palate of excellent palate depth and layered complexity.
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Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
The impeccably maintained Bell Hill vineyard is a thing of great beauty: surrounded by exposed limestone cliffs near Waikari in North Canterbury, this close-planted vineyard is one of the region s most exciting sites. Beautiful, sultry black cherry fruit, exotic spice, roasting game and judicious oak all play a part here but it is the palate presence that impresses most. Poised perfectly with great structure and a salivating acidity more common with the famous cap-rock slopes of Burgundy than New Zealand. Superb.
Good Wine Guide 2013
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Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Over the past sixteen years, the vines of Bell Hill have slowly bored their way into the bedrock of New Zealand’s finest pinot noirs. There is now no doubt that this estate has reached the lofty echelons of the top handful of makers in the country, and it is this wine that confirms it. There is a completeness and an enduring harmony at play here, reminiscent of pinot of a calibre rarely seen outside the grand crus of Burgundy itself. Complexity goes without saying: beautifully refined black plums, black cherries, brambles and anise, with hints of coal and notes of mixed spice, becoming forest floor and truffle in time. The flow and persistence are an epiphany, with undeterred line and remarkable, silky persistence. Perhaps most remarkable at all is that it achieves this demeanour while swallowing up every ounce of 100% new oak, providing an immaculate framework for wonderfully silky, supple fruit and finely structured tannins. Quite incredible, really.
Wine Taste Edition 103 2013
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Tyson Stelzer (2007 Vintage) says
Look out Central Otago and Martinborough, Canterbury pinot noir has hit the big time! With an ethereal air of exotic spice and a brooding structure, Bell Hill is the epitome of Kiwi cult sensations. If you’ve got cash to splash and you want all the bells and whistles, it’s time you ascended The Hill.
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Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
At the vanguard for the future of New Zealand wine, this tiny, fastidious labour of love has yielded precious few bottles of titillating chardonnay and pinot noir, with each vintage adding further colour to the picture of this extraordinary terroir. The finesse here is gripping: super-fine, fragrant red cherries, spice and musky fragrance, and some meaty oak complexity too. Fine, detailed palate, with tannins forming an intricate web housing pure red-cherry flavour and fine, chalky savoury elements. Very fine, deceptive length and terrific resolve.
The Good Wine Guide 2011
Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
From a 1-hectare plot of vines on a limestone slope at Waikati, inland from Waipara, in North Canterbury, this is a rare, highly distinguished ted. It is typically a generous wine, powerful yet silky, with sweet cherry, plum and spice flavours, complex, very harmonious and graceful. The 2007 vintage was matured in French oak barrels (70 per cent new). Very deeply coloured, it is gorgeously scented, with dense cherry and plum flavours, hints of herbs and spices, and a very refined, long finish. A wine with great presence, it's years away from maturity.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2005 Vintage) says
From a 1-hectare plot of vines on a limestone slope at Waikari, inland from Wairapa, in North Canterbury, this is a rare, highly distinguished red. It is typically a generous wine, powerful yet silky, with sweet cherry, plum and spice flavours, complex, very harmonious and graceful. (The 2006 vintage was matured for 18 months in all-new French oak barrels.)
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
From a 1-hectare plot of vines on a limestone slope at Waikari, inland from Wairapa, in North Canterbury, this is a rare, highly distinguished red. It is typically a generous wine, powerful yet silky, with sweet cherry, plum and spice flavours, complex, very harmonious and graceful. (The 2006 vintage was matured for 18 months in all-new French oak barrels.)
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
From a 1-hectare plot of vines on a limestone slope at Waikari, inland from Wairapa, in North Canterbury, this is a rare, highly distinguished red. It is typically a generous wine, powerful yet silky, with sweet cherry, plum and spice flavours, complex, very harmonious and graceful. (The 2006 vintage was matured for 18 months in all-new French oak barrels.)
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines

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