Bell Hill Vineyard "Old Weka Pass" Pinot Noir, North Canterbury 2016
Bell Hill Vineyard, North Canterbury
The wines of Bell Hill hold an almost mythical status amongst collectors of New Zealand's finest and rarest wines.
Marcel Giesen and Sherwyn Veldhuizen reject the term 'winemakers', they consider themselves 'winegrowers', seeing the creation of wine as a wholistic, all-encompassing mission. Their Bell Hill dream commenced in 1995 when they found their dream plot of land: a limestone slope in North Canterbury that would be perfect for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with incredible structure and longevity.
Today their wines are rarely seen outside of the finest restaurants. The role-call of critical acclaim for these wines is as long as your arm. No list of New Zealand's most important wines would be complete without these beautiful creations.
The Old Weka Pass Road was the original label before the Bell Hill label came in in 2002. Now it houses the younger-vine fruit that shows a fresh, more early-drinking style of Pinot Noir. This blend is made up of six barrels from vines planted in 2009 and 2008. It's the wine that will give you a glimpse at the style of these wines, it sets the table for the Bell Hill releases. And it's wonderful drinking in its youth.
The Old Weka Pass Road Pinot Noir - 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.
Grape: 100% Pinot Noir