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Pyramid Valley, Bell Hill, Valli Estate & Prophets Rock New Release Pinot Noir

Valli Estate
"These wines are superlative and consistent expressions of sub-regionality, and this earned Valli Vineyards my ‘Winery of the Year’ award in 2016."
– Raymond Chan, September 2018

"Grant Taylor at Valli has serious, regionally-expressive Pinot Noir bottlings from his home site in Gibbston, and from Bannockburn in Central Otago, supplemented by a Waitaki Valley wine from the limestone-influenced soils of the Waitaki Valley in North Otago, and most recently a wine from Bendigo."
– Raymond Chan

One of the most exciting releases from Valli this year is the Bendigo Pinot Noir, the newest addition to the lineup – initial press shows it has come a long way since the inaugural 2010 vintage and its 2017 iteration may be the strongest yet. But the most exciting aspect of the Valli project is how it covers such a breadth of different styles from across four diverse pieces of land – with all four of the Pinots coming out of this vintage so particularly and consistently well, it's strongly recommended to try a mixed collection of all four!

Bell Hill Vineyard
Bell Hill Vineyard was established by Marcel Giesen and Sherwyn Veldhuizen and is situated at an old lime quarry in the Weka Pass, North Canterbury. This is a unique site with limestone derived soils and north facing hillside exposures. From 1997 through to 2009 we planted two hectares at high density with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Bell Hill uses the Burgundian model of vineyard architecture with a high plant density of 9,259 to12,500 vines/ha. All plantings since 2005 are at 11,363 vines/ha or 1.1m row spacing by 0.8m vine spacing. The intention of this is to reduce yield per vine and encourage deep root penetration of the soil profile, its flavour and its elements. We seek to reflect the characteristic expression of our site and soil in the wines we make, looking for consistent quality, fruit concentration and expression of terroir. The management of the vineyard is very detailed and we consider our high level of manual labour as being very influential in achieving site potential.

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