About the wine
Dark ruby colour with great dark berry aromas and some interesting oak spice and pepper. This is a medium bodied wine with succulent summer berry flavours that are accompanied by some dark chocolate and smoky oak. Smooth textured tannins mingle with the fruit flavours to provide great structure to the wine.
The magnificent big oak tree at the Bellingham Manor house is a key feature of the garden hence the name of this wine. The founding couple bottled the first wines of Bellingham by hand in the shade of this very tree.
About the winemaker
Bellingham is one of the oldest wineries in South Africa because it was established in 1685. It was setup by Bernard and Fredagh Podlashuk who transformed a neglected Franschhoek farm into this wonderful winery.
Bellingham believes in a sustainable approach throughout the whole wine making process to safeguard the community and environment. For instance, this includes protecting and promoting biodiversity in their vineyards, the introduction of light-weight bottles and packaging to cut down on carbon emissions during the production phase, and continuously improving their waste management processes. They also launched a progressive community carbon emission offset project that involved establishing bamboo plantations in rural regions. This project won them the international Drinks Business Green Awards Ethical Environmental Award in 2012.