Bellingham Wines illustrated the strength in its portfolio when it secured no less than 7 X 4,5 Star ratings in the Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2019.
The latest edition of this stalwart publication was launched at Cape Town’s Table Bay Hotel on 5 November 2018, where this year’s “South African classics” were honoured.
With a history reaching back to 1693, Bellingham is one of South Africa’s most entrenched producers, and the first local producer to launch a single varietal Shiraz in 1956. Since inception, Bellingham has been honing a reputation as a producer that genuinely knows how to harness the strength of its terroir. By focusing on a few core varieties, Bellingham manages to ensure premium quality wines that are truly distinct in character.
Bellingham is therefore incredibly proud that such a great percentage of its wines scored in the upper echelons of the annual Platter’s Guide.
The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2017, made from three selected plots of old bush vines, was rated 94/100 – narrowly missing the Five-Star mark of 95 – with other wines from the portfolio in close support.
Top performing wines in The Bernard Series included Bush Vine Pinotage 2016 (93), Small Barrel SMV 2015 (93), Whole Bunch Roussanne 2018 (92), Small Basket Press Syrah 2016 (91) and Whole Bunch Grenache-Blanc Viognier 2017 (90). Showcasing quality across its tiers, Bellingham also secured 4,5 Stars for its Old Orchard Chenin Blanc 2017 (93).
Chief Winemaker at Bellingham Wines, Richard Duckitt, commented: “We are really pleased that our portfolio of wines performed so favourably. The Platter’s Wine Guide provides consumers with a valuable guide for navigating the South African wine industry, and my winemaking team and I are thrilled that consumers will be directed to the quality of our labels.”
The full range of Bellingham Wines can be purchased online via shop.bellinghamwines.com.