30 November 2016
WoTM Bellingham Pinotage 2014
My wine of the Month for November 2016 is Bellingham ‘Homestead Series’ Pinotage 2014
It may be a step below the Bernard Series Bush Vine, but this ‘Homestead Series’ Pinotage is serious. It’s just appeared on the shelves of Tesco’s at a £10 price point and it doesn’t disappoint,
There’s a gorgeous sweet compote berry smell on opening and it has a bright dark colour in the glass. It’s tight in the glass, slowly releasing complex berry fruit flavours with underscoring whiffs of tobacco. It was aged 11 months in 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels, and tannins are subtle.
It’s Wine of Origin Stellenbosch and the grapes were sourced from mountain vineyards above 200 metres.
!4% abv and bottled at the winery, closed with an agglomerate cork.
We drank it on the last day of the month to celebrate the opening today of our road fourteen months after a sinkhole closed it.