Bellingham was founded by Gerrit Janz Van Vuuren and his French Huguenot wife in 1693 under the name “Belle en Champ” (Beautiful Fields) in the gorgeous Franschhoek Valley. They planted the first 1000 vines on the property which began a long history and tradition of wine farming on the estate. The estate went through many owners but ultimately fell into a state of disrepair as did many Cape wine farms, with the ravages of phelloxera, the Anglo-Boer Wars and World War 1 being too much to overcome. In 1943 the farm was purchased by Bernard and Fredagh Podlashuk who, blessed with a pioneering spirit, set about restoring the manor house and vineyards. At Bellingham we believe that great wines are made in the vineyard. That is why source only the finest grapes and nurture them from vine to bottle. In order to preserve the natural fruit characteristics of individual grape cultivars, we lavish time and attention on each wine throughout the production process. We place a high premium on mouthfeel and believe in subtle oak maturation to enhance the structure and complexity of our wines. By following this method of minimal intervention and maximum attention to detail, we are able to produce distinctive, complex wines that are both expressive of their vineyard origin. The winemaker is Neil Groenewald who brings passion and expertise as well as business acumen. Bellingham continues to be a pioneer and win awards for its wines, including the Bernard Series named in honour of Bernard Podlashuk who was the energy behind the brand for decades and gave Bellingham the reputation it has today.
An intense dark red middle with a ruby red rim plotting sweet spices, plums and mulberries with hints of vanilla on the bouquet. Hints of ripe and juicy raspberry, strawberry and black cherry flavours are supported by well-integrated oak spice on the palate with an exciting tannin structure on an endless finish.