Bell Hill Old Weka Pass Road Pinot Noir 2013

Canterbury
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£50.95 per bottle
13 in stock

95 Points - Bob Campbell "Appealing aromatic pinot noir with cherry, violet, chalky mineral flavours together with a subtle seasoning of fresh herbs. Elegant wine with purity and poise."

94 Points - James Suckling "The Old Weka Pass Road pinot from the 2013 vintage is very much reflective of the same DNA seen in the Bell Hill bottling from the same vintage, but only a lighter and more transparent rendering. It delivers redder cherry-fruit aromas, and is quite fragrant and pure, but less of the darker fruits and swanky oak-derived overtones. The palate's fine, elegant and focused with a core of bright and crunchy red cherries. Quite elegant and refreshing. The texture is chalky, supported by tannins that hold a linear shape and an almost crunchy edge. Drink now to 2020."

Taste & Aroma

Score:94

The Old Weka Pass Road pinot from the 2013 vintage is very much reflective of the same DNA seen in the Bell Hill bottling from the same vintage, but only a lighter and more transparent rendering. It delivers redder cherry-fruit aromas, and is quite fragrant and pure, but less of the darker fruits and swanky oak-derived overtones. The palate's fine, elegant and focused with a core of bright and crunchy red cherries. Quite elegant and refreshing. The texture is chalky, supported by tannins that hold a linear shape and an almost crunchy edge. Drink now to 2020.

James Suckling on Dec 22nd, 2016

Producer

Bell Hill Vineyard was established by Marcel Giesen and Sherwyn Veldhuizen and is situated at an old lime quarry in the Weka Pass, North Canterbury. This is a unique site with limestone derived soils and north facing hillside exposures. From 1997 through to 2009 they planted two hectares at high density with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Bell Hill uses the Burgundian model of vineyard architecture with a high plant density of 9,259 to12,500 vines/ha. The intention of this is to reduce yield per vine and encourage deep root penetration of the soil profile, its flavour and its elements. The Weka Pass area was previously unplanted in grapes but they were drawn there by its pure chalky limestone soils and calcareous clays. The Roadblock and Slope are rich in dense clays bringing another influence to the wines.

Bell Hill Vineyard, Canterbury, New Zealand

Region

Spanning nearly 200km of the south island’s east coast, Canterbury had its first vineyard plantings in 1978. A dry region with hot summers tempered by the cool breezes coming from the eastern coast, low rainfall due to the westerly Southern Alps and three distinct sub-regions, the Canterbury plains, Waipara Valley, and most recently Waikari Valley. Canterbury has various grape varieties, although Pinot Noir dominates and with varying soils found, gravel and clay to the north with more limestone found to the South, the styles of wines produced also vary.

Canterbury

Glassware

Glassware

Zalto Denk-Art Universal Glass

For richer, oaked Sauvignon Blancs such as The Fuder, white Graves or Semillon/Sauvignon blends. For young and non-vintage Champagne we recommend Zalto Universal. However, the Zalto Universal is a very good all-rounder, designed for all types of wines but may not maximize the potential of certain wine as much as the Bordeaux or Burgundy glass.

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