May 1st is recognised as International Sauvignon Blanc Day. And today, I offer this sublime wine, the Bellingham Homestead Series Sauvignon Blanc 2019. This was the first vintage since the drought was broken in the winter of 2018. Crops were down by anything from 15 to 25% for the vintage. However, the pH levels, the natural acidity and other factors led to quality grapes being delivered to the cellar. The vineyards are planted in decomposed granite and shale and are cooled by breezes off the Benguela Current which runs up our west coast from the cold south Atlantic Ocean. Hand harvested in early February, the grapes were destalked, gently crushed and then cool fermented at 16 °C in stainless steel tanks. Extended contact with the gross lees stirred up periodically added richness and mouth feel.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with a screw cap. The label is elegant with an engraving of the Bellingham Manor House. In the glass, the wine is a pale straw colour with amber flashes when held up to the light. The aromas are fruit filled. White fleshed peaches, citrus and winter melon. The palate is rich and generous with a lovely line of crisp citrus acidity running through from entry into the long and gently waning aftertaste. A mélange of tropical fruits reveals itself, counterbalanced by sweet tropical limes. A perfect glass for now drinking.
The Bellingham Homestead Series Sauvignon Blanc 2019 is best served well chilled. Excellent as a glass on its own, as a mid-morning refresher or an aperitif. It is an excellent wine and my Calamari, Lemon & Parsley Risotto. Click HERE for the recipe.
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