Founded in 1997 by Marcel Giesen & Sherwyn Veldhuizen, Bell Hill has already established a cult following and is recognised as one of New Zealand’s most prestigious wineries. Located in North Canterbury, New Zealand the Bell Hill site is something to marvel and behold! It was carefully selected to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay exclusively, and is a site layered with extensive history, thixotropic clay and high lime content.
Large fossil deposits have been found in the area over the years which has preserved bones of over 19 species of native birds, including all 4 species of the Moa which span between 1000-2000 years old! This highly unique and lime-rich soil is what nurtures the vines of Bell Hill vineyard, helping to form the distinct character of their critically acclaimed wines.
Marcel and Sherwyn both studied viticulture and have applied a Burgundian method of vineyard architecture to the Bell Hill site, where they want to reduce the yield per vine to get deep root penetration of the soil and its elements to create grapes that truly reflect the sites character, an expression of its terroir.
The Pinot Noir and Chardonnay’s can attribute their unique flavour profiles to the lime-rich soils. The Chardonnay’s boast minerality, stone fruit & flinty complexity with a tight and long acid structure. These wines need time with air once opened. The Pinot Noir’s fruit development shows savoury, earthy and dried herb characters; elegant but punchy tannin structures that develop slowly over time - hence extra ageing in the bottle before release.
Bell Hill is a long-term project, driven to achieve the absolute in wine definition from their site. They believe there is no end to striving for excellence! We couldn’t agree more.
For more information on Bell Hill and their wines, you can visit their website here.