According to Bellingham winemaker Richard Duckitt, Harvest 2021 began on the 22nd of January with a very old Pinotage vineyard planted in the 1970s. These grapes are then used in the crafting of Bellingham’s Quintessential Couple Pinotage Rosé, which honours founders Fredagh and Bernard Podlashuk, affectionately known as Freda and Pod.
As it stands, the Bellingham team has already harvested 200 tons of grapes, which is 16% of the total production, including Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Pinotage. “The most amazing part, if you compare this to last few years, is that at this same time in the past, almost 60% of our harvest was already completed, so this is the latest harvest I think I have ever seen,” explains Richard. In terms of goals, Richard shares that he will be focusing on retaining consistency and quality. That said, he is an avid experimenter, playing around with natural fermentations, amphoras and whole berry fermentation in the cellar. “Taking lessons from last year, I loved working with natural fermentations on our Chenin Blanc and we will definitely be taking that forward with this year’s vintage,” ends Richard.
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