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Located within a lime quarry in the Weka Pass, North Canterbury, Bell Hill vineyard is modelled on the high density plantings of vineyards in Burgundy, France.

 

 

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BOB CAMPBELL MW
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JUUNE/JULY, 2021

Single Parcel Limeworks Chardonnay 2016 The first single parcel wine that will help owners Marcel Giesen and Sherwyn Veldhuizen explore the potential of their small but perfectly formed vineyard. Complex, concentrated chardonnay with citrus, chalk/mineral, baguette crust and spicy oak flavours. It’s a mouth-filling wine with an ethereal texture and obvious cellaring potential.


February 2021
QUALITY BURGUNDIAN INSPIRED PIONEERING VINEYARD WINS VITICULTURALIST OF THE YEAR

Bell Hill Vineyard Winegrowers Marcel Giesen and Sherwyn Veldhuizen have claimed the coveted Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine’s Viticulturist of the Year 2021 Award.

“This award validates our pioneering efforts that began in 1997, our old-school values and a continuation of tradition,” says Sherwyn.

“Our pursuit of limestone soils; our winegrowing ethos of Burgundian viticulture, high vine density (11,363 vines/ha) and dry farming; our low yields per vine and high, painstaking ‘doing it, not just talking about it’ attitude; as well as our detail in the vineyard partnered with organic farming and Biodynamic methods – they all combine to elevate the quality of fruit from which our wines are made.”

In recent times, new vineyard plantings and more land have provided additional opportunities for expansion as the pair ramp up their regenerative farming efforts – a movement that the pair say is one of their most exciting developments.

“Regenerative farming is about working with the land to actively improve it,” Sherwyn explains. “We’re moving away from cultivation to enhancing biodiversity and soil health. Thank you for recognising our crazy dream, in a way the best is still to come, and more extreme boundaries will be pushed to hold those around us accountable to try harder themselves.”


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