About the wine
Cherry and summer berry flavours combine perfectly with aromas of tea, liquorice and gentle oak spice. A smooth, juicy wine that is deliciously drinkable.
Established in 1954, the old museum houses a fascinating journey through the early pioneer life and times in the Franschhoek valley, chronicling intriguing geneology of the original Huguenot settlers. This Merlot pays homage to this French ancestry at the heart of the valley.
About the winemaker
Franschhoek Cellar make their wines under the Bellingham umbrella. 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.