VOLUME 10, ISSUE 3
January 22, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Kutch Wines: 2013 Vintage Provided Compelling & Transparent Wines Alexana: Prescription for Pinot with Unlimited Refills En Garde: 2012 Pinots Very Promising Black Kite Cellars: Outstanding Pinot Noir in 2012 Dolin Estate: New Central Coast Pinots Offer Exceptional Value MacRostie Winery & Vineyards: Evolving to Embrace Quality Birichino: A Mischievous Pair Craft Unique Wines at Right Price Domaine de la Côte: Whole Cluster Goodness Skewis Wines: Pinot from Vineyards with a Pedigree DANCIN Vineyards: Rogue Valley Wines of Distinction Waxwing: Engaging Pinot from an Urban Winery MacPhail Proudly Releases First Estate Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted White Wines Pinot Briefs
Bell Hill Vineyard
Bell Hill Vineyard is located in the Weka Pass, North Canterbury. Bell Hill is named for its bell-like shape on its southern side, first surveyed in 1917 by Charles Trounce who established a lime quarry on the site that operated until the late 1930s. The unique, lime-rich soil forms the distinct character of Bell Hill's Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Established by Marcel Giesen and Sherwyn Veldhuizen in 1997, Bell Hill is the first outside of Martinborough and Central Otago to receive a 5 Star rating from the Fourth Great New Zealand Pinot Noir Classification 2011. Both owners are hands-on winegrowers.
The Pinot Noirvines are densely planted to Dijon clones with a tiny amount of Pommard 5..
Articles About Bell Hill Vineyard
2009 Bell Hill Canterbury Pinot Noir
14.0% alc., 194 cases, $115, screwcap. Imported by Terrell Wines, San Francisco, CA. Established by Marcel Giesen and Sherwyn Veldhuizen in 1997. Situated at a 1920s lime quarry in North Canterbury. 5.6-acre vineyard planted on limestone derived soils on a north facing hillside. 9,090-11,363 vines per hectare. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of dark red cherries and berries, Asian 5-spice, sandalwood and tobacco-laced oak. Medium bodied core of tasty dark red, oaklaced, cherry and berry fruit lifted by bright acidity, finishing with good richness and a refreshing tang. Mineral-driven acidity is the best feature of this wine. Score: 90. Reviewed September 5, 2013 ARTICLE »
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