Region: North Canterbury, NZ
Variety: Pinot Noir
'From 2003 we had our first Bell Hill Pinot Noir, a blend of the Shelf, Limeworks and Quarry Rootlings blocks (all Dijon and Pommard clones).
In the future, when all plantings are completed and in production, we may release single block wines that show very individual characters. The Shelf, in particular, is one block that looks like it has this potential.
The Bell Hill Pinot Noir has fruit development and character in the savoury, earthy and dried herb spectrum rather than up-front primary fruit sweetness. It has supple but very supportive tannin structures and slow evolution with gaining impact therefore we give it an extra year of ageing in the bottle before release. The Pinot Noir also has a persistent and apparent acidity throughout the length of the palate.' — Bell Hill