Vigneron's Notes

A family wine estate from New Zealand. We craft traditional wine styles that emphasise texture, mouthfeel and persistence of flavour.

Month: July, 2013

Anthony Gismondi reviews River Terrace Pinot Noir 2011


A great recent review from Anthony Gismondi the influential Canadian wine critic …

Bellbird Spring River Terrace Pinot Noir 2011

Black cherry, spicy, tobacco leaf, savoury, floral, rhubarb, vanilla and light coffee aromas. Dry, fresh, smooth, elegant palate with light tannins but good finesse. Juicy rhubarb, raspberry, peppery, spicy, orange peel, coffee, vanilla, dried herb and leather flavours. A touch warm on the finish but offers good delicacy and balance that should age well for the next 2-4 years. 90/100

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Jancis has released the reviews of wines from the visit late last year of Julia Harding MW.  Some great notes …

Bellbird Spring Block Eight Pinot Gris Waipara 2011  Score 17.5 Reviewer JH

Spicy and a touch savoury but not very expressive at the moment. Tastes drier than the numbers suggest. Stone fruit peachiness but the ripeness and spice dominate. Again it is very powerful, honeyed already. Really mouthfilling. Rich but balanced.

Bellbird Spring Dry Pinot Gris Waipara 2011  Score 17 Reviewer   JH

Ripe and spicy on the nose. Very rich and rounded and full in the mouth. So much more PG character than in most NZ PGs. Rich and dense but not heavy. Balanced acidity. Very very long. Complex already and finishes with a classic savoury (Alsace-like) spice. Great fruit density and a fine grip. Certainly one of the best PGs I have tasted in New Zealand. Bit of heat on the finish.

Bellbird Spring, Block Eight Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Waipara Score17 Reviewer JH

Very ripe fruit on the nose, very vibrant. Then really crisp and tight and intense on the palate. Tastes pretty dry though there’s a fullness on the palate from all that ripe fruit and from the use of old oak. Rich and long and pretty powerful.

Bellbird Spring, Home Block White 2009 Waipara Score 17 Reviewer JH

Complex, intense and honeyed aromatic nose. Honeyed apricots. Grapey on the palate. The Gewurz has become more subdued with time in the bottle but there is still a floral and spicy component on the mid palate. Again very full and dense and rich. Some spice.