VOLUME 9, ISSUE 39
March 29, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Adventures on the Pinot Trail: World of Pinot Noir - The Seminars Adventures on the Pinot Trail: World of Pinot Noir: The Tastings Talisman: 2010 Pinots are a Giant Step Up from the Ordinary Pfendler Vineyards: Exceptional Wines in 2012 Honor Peter Pfendler Bernardus Winery: Pinot Noir Transcends the Ordinary Winter Games: Taste of International Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted California Wines Sips of Recently Tasted Oregon Wines Pinot Briefs On The Pinot Trail: Rocking K Vineyard Cottages
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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