Now in its eight year, the 2019 Great New Zealand Pinot Classification, is compiled Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer. At the top are just seven* wineries awarded 5 stars, one of which is Bell Hill.
"Bell Hill, one of New Zealand’s finest producers..." Jamie Goode, Wineanorak.
"Bell Hill Pinot Noir 2015. Fragrant, gently aromatic pinot noir with subtle floral, red rose, violet and cherry flavours, together with a suggestion of spice and crushed herb. Supremely elegant wine with delicate fruit that demonstrates impressive power with its incredibly lengthy finish. A seductive wine with promising potential." Drink 2018-2025, 98 Points, Bob Campbell, MW.
"Bell Hill Pinot Noir 2015. A stunning pinot noir that is the product of incredible attention to detail in both the vineyard and the winery. The product of dramatically low yields and an unwavering commitment to the ultimate expression of a site’s potential quality. The nose has deeply fused aromas of red and black cherries, earth, baking spices, wild dried herbs and wild flowers. The palate is youthfully energetic, but it will be some years before it reaches full potential. For now, though, it is certainly approachable with a very bright and composed core of rich, spicy red cherries and plums that intertwine with long, ultra-silky tannins. A lesson in finesse. Delicious now, or hold." 97 Points. Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com
The other 6 are: Ata Rangi, Dry River, Felton Road, Mt Difficulty, Pegasus Bay and Rippon.