The Bellingham Homestead was the legendary hub of fine entertaining in the years from when Bernard and Fredagh Podlashuk restored it in the late 1940s until well into the 1980s. I was fortunate to know them and to attend dinner parties there. ‘Pod’ was in many ways one of the classic maverick wine pioneers who transformed the wine industry during their lifetime. The Homestead inside, looked a bit like the home of Mary Pickford and it stands today, really as a memorial to this incredible couple. The Bellingham Homestead Series pays tribute to this amazing couple for whom hard work was something they did every day.
The Bellingham, The Homestead Series, Sauvignon Blanc 2019 is one of the wines in the series. Following in the footsteps of the legendary 2018 which won any number of awards, including. Being placed in the National Top Ten Sauvignon Blancs. 2018 was the year in which the long drought had been broken and the quality of the 2019 wines was excellent though the crop, Winemaker Richard Duckitt tells us, was significantly down on tonnage per hectare.
The grapes for The Bellingham, The Homestead Series, Sauvignon Blanc 2019 were grown on vines planted in decomposed granite and shale, most suited to dry land farming.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed under screw cap. The label is classical with an etching of the homestead on it. In the glass, the wine is a gem bright pale straw colour with flashes of lime green when held up to the light. The aromas are at the more tropical fruit end of the Sauvignon Scale, ripe winter melon, sliced pear and soft peel citrus and sweet tropical limes. From entry a golden thread of acidity runs through the generous palate into the long, crisp and dry aftertaste. Lying maturing on its lees has added so much. The fruit again very forward, lovely squeaky-clean citrus and lush tropical fruits. While it is a ‘drink now’ wine, it will reward you amply with a year o two of cool cellaring.
The Bellingham, The Homestead Series, Sauvignon Blanc 2019 is a fine wine for any time. Mid-morning refresher, aperitif, sundowner. Though it is ideal with crisp summer salady dishes containing smoked chicken or fish. Dianne Bibby’s The Ultimate Buddha Bowl Harvest Board is such a happy summer lunch affair. Click HERE for her recipe, and to drool over her wonderful website.
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