JAMES SUCKLING, DECEMBER 2017
2015 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Casteel – 94
This beautiful pinot noir shows aromas of cherries, almonds and earth. Floral character, too. Medium body, firm and round tannins and a cool and long finish. Drink now or hold.
2015 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Justice Vineyard – 93
Almonds, blueberries, raspberries and white chocolate in this pinot noir. Medium to full body, round tannins and a fresh and mineral finish. Drink now or hold.
2015 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Estate – 93
Herbs, redcurrants, spices and some blueberries show on the nose now, which is a little closed. The palate though, is very velvety and shows lovely density with layers of fruit, fresh acidity and a long finish. Needs time to come around. Drink in 2020.
2015 Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Aeolian – 91
This pinot noir shows blueberries, orchids and orange skin. Full body, round tannins and a precise and clean finish. Drink now or hold.
2015 Bethel Heights Chardonnay Casteel – 93
Beautiful aromas of apples, peaches, mangoes and pineapple. Medium to full body, a creamy texture with a pure, elegant and vibrant finish. Drink now or hold.
2015 Bethel Heights Chardonnay Estate – 91
This shows lots of apple pie, mangoes and peaches and even some petrol. Very full and intense, the acidity manages to hold things together and keep this fresh and clean if ripe. Drink now.