Bell Hill Pinot Noir, 2016

 

Bell Hill Pinot Noir, 2016

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Bell Hill is a very personal and passionate project from Sherwyn Veldhuizen and Marcel Giesen. What started as a working relationship at Giesen became more than that, and if they wished to work together going forward they had to start their own label. Moving further North from where Giesen is situated up into the Limestone hills of Waikari.

A former Limestone quarry site they have taken their time on clonal selections and rootstock choices, starting with a very modest 2.5 hectares. Their vision was so strong and ahead of the curve, Pyramid Valley set up in the same area some 5 years after them. It's all about the details, moving slowly, choosing carefully and precisely and the proof is in the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir's that they have been producing, even in the infancy, their vision and skill was writ large in the bottle.

This is bright lifted and tart Pinot from very close planted vines. Tense without becoming angular, tart but not sour with herbal and mineral freshness and its oh so fine. Pure and direct, clarity and very detailed with fine layers of tannin fanning out through the layers of fruit with that signature length that they effortlessly coax out of every wine.

If you have not looked at these wines before, please don't delay any longer. Exceptional drinking here.