The Homestead Series by Bellingham is a range of intriguing wines that was inspired by the charming characters who are woven into the rich historical tapestry that underpins the winery’s inimitable heritage. Once home to Bernard and Fredagh Podlashuk, an innovative couple whose pioneering spirit resulted in the revival of a run-down property into a thriving wine estate, Bellingham continues to be a great source of inspiration for wine-lovers and foodies from all walks of life.
The Homestead Series by Bellingham has been crafted with effortless enjoyment in mind and goes particularly well with re-imagined comfort food. Here are a few delicious food pairing ideas to get your creative juices flowing in the kitchen, so you can unlock each wine’s unique personality at home with family and friends
Homestead Chardonnay: A rich yellow colour tinged with a copper glow, the Homestead Chardonnay boasts a delightful bouquet of butterscotch, spicy cloves and orange peel. Layers of citrus and melon line the palate, finishing on a fresh citrus-lime note.
A vintage this robust should be paired with dishes that have a similarly compelling flavour profile. We recommend a warming masala curry with prawns and chicken; pork chops with a rich mustard sauce; pumpkin ravioli with red peppers and buttered squash; or a roasted tomato risotto with wild mushrooms and truffles.
Homestead Sauvignon Blanc: This Sauvignon Blanc is a beautiful light, pale yellow with a golden tinge, featuring soft melon, pear and citrus flavours on the nose. The palate offers an unexpected burst of citrus and tropical flavours with a crisp and clean finish. A vigorous vintage that pairs well with rustic fish cakes served with a fresh cucumber relish; buttery chicken-and-mushroom pie; or a white bean casserole with baby marrow and sautéed green vegetables. Alternatively, serve it alongside a ploughman’s platter that features goat’s milk cheese and piquant pickled veggies.
Homestead Shiraz: The Homestead Shiraz has a rich bouquet that is crammed to the hilt with ripe blackberries, violets and black pepper, supported by gently oak and ripe, textured tannins.
This brawny red needs to be paired with food that holds up well against its dynamic flavour profile. We recommend a proudly South African bobotie served with Mrs Ball’s chutney; meaty green bean stew; steak-and-cheese pie; hearty spaghetti bolognaise or springbok carpaccio with shavings of mature parmesan cheese.
Homestead Pinotage: The Homestead Pinotage has an intense dark red middle with a ruby red rim and boasts sweet spices, plums and mulberries with hints of vanilla on the nose. Touches of ripe and juicy raspberry, strawberry and black cherry flavours are supported by well-integrated oak on the palate with an exciting tannin structure.
This singular vintage goes well with spicy Bunny Chow; oxtail-and-banana potjie; generous portions of cheesy lasagne; braised pork belly with a decadent layer of crackling, or a fuss-free boerewors roll with lashings of spicy tomato-and-onion relish.
And there you have it – a veritable glut of delicious inspiration to keep the home fires burning!