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Bell Hill Chardonnay Waipara 2010

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Ben Hill 2010 Chardonnay is a blend of 100% Chardonnay fruit from the Shelf and Limeworks blocks on the Vineyard. Whole-cluster pressed and aged 12 months in a oak and 8 months in tank, this New Zealand white offers lovely floral, fruit and mineral character with excellent balanced with a long finish. "The 2010 Chardonnay is quite closed at this youthful stage with citrusy lemon and grapefruit scents punctuated with ginger, toast and wet slate hints. Very taut and earthy/mineral in character in the mouth, this medium to full-bodied wine gives a good, long, citrus-laced finish."The 2010 Chardonnay is quite closed at this youthful stage with citrusy lemon and grapefruit scents punctuated with ginger, toast and wet slate hints. Very taut and earthy/mineral in character in the mouth, this medium to full-bodied wine gives a good, long, citrus-laced finish. Drink it 2015 to 2022+. First planted in 1997, as the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines continue to mature on this incredibly placed remote vineyard and winery positioned on an old limestone quarry, Bell Hill just gets more and more exciting. Marcel Giesen and Sherwyn Veldhuizen have raised the bar high here, not just for New Zealand but for the world. Production is tiny and sadly even tinier in 2010 due to poor flowering. Only 1.5 barrels of the Chardonnay and 4 barrels of the Pinot Noir were produced in 2010 but the wines, in a word, rock. Anyone who truly wants to understand the potential of New Zealand’s greatest terroirs must find a bottle of Bell Hill.-eRobertParker.com (95+ Points)*Extremely small quantities - approximately 457 bottles were produced*.

Region: Canterbury » Waipara

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Winery: Bell Hill
Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Ben Hill 2010 Chardonnay is a blend of 100% Chardonnay fruit from the Shelf and Limeworks blocks on the Vineyard. Whole-cluster pressed and aged 12 months in a oak and 8 months in tank, this New Zealand white offers lovely floral, fruit and mineral character with excellent balanced with a long finish. "The 2010 Chardonnay is quite closed at this youthful stage with citrusy lemon and grapefruit scents punctuated with ginger, toast and wet slate hints. Very taut and earthy/mineral in character in the mouth, this medium to full-bodied wine gives a good, long, citrus-laced finish."The 2010 Chardonnay is quite closed at this youthful stage with citrusy lemon and grapefruit scents punctuated with ginger, toast and wet slate hints. Very taut and earthy/mineral in character in the mouth, this medium to full-bodied wine gives a good, long, citrus-laced finish. Drink it 2015 to 2022+. First planted in 1997, as the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines continue to mature on this incredibly placed remote vineyard and winery positioned on an old limestone quarry, Bell Hill just gets more and more exciting. Marcel Giesen and Sherwyn Veldhuizen have raised the bar high here, not just for New Zealand but for the world. Production is tiny and sadly even tinier in 2010 due to poor flowering. Only 1.5 barrels of the Chardonnay and 4 barrels of the Pinot Noir were produced in 2010 but the wines, in a word, rock. Anyone who truly wants to understand the potential of New Zealand’s greatest terroirs must find a bottle of Bell Hill.-eRobertParker.com (95+ Points)*Extremely small quantities - approximately 457 bottles were produced*.

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