Bell Hill beauties

Marcel and Sherwyn of Bell Hill. (Photo: Bell Hill Wines)

I’m a huge fan of this Canterbury producer. They are “situated at an old lime quarry in the Weka Pass, North Canterbury” according to their website. It’s a stunning site that’s not without its challenges, but when the stars align the quality of their chardonnay and pinot noir is hard to beat. In fact, when the bottles wear a Bell Hill label you can be pretty sure it’s top quality – when it’s not, they relegate to their second label, Weka Pass, which can also be very good – owners Marcel and Sherwyn have high standards.

When the bottles wear a Bell Hill label you can be pretty sure it’s top quality.

The 2015 Bell Hill Chardonnay is in top form. It struts its limestone site with a Puligny-like chalk and mineral character that is very compelling. Taut, edgy wine with terrific cellaring potential. A wine of refined power. (NZD $120)

Bell Hill’s 2015 Pinot Noir is a seductively fragrant wine with appealing floral, cherry, spice and herb flavours. It defines elegance delivering power with subtlety. A very seductive wine that will live a long life. (NZD $120)

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