Tree Series

Tree Series

his range of 3 wines are named after trees that grow in the Bellingham garden. The Big Oak under which many lunches were had with friends and family, The Pear Tree planted in the 1700’s and very much a proud symbol of the Bellingham heritage and the Berry Bush that is part of the gardens hedge where the birds sought their lunches!

Berry Bush Rose

Berry Bush Rose | Dry Rosé  

plush, juicy, berry

The garden at the Bellingham Manor house was the pride and joy of founding couple Bernard and Fredagh Podlashuk. Whilst Mr Pod went about making wine, Fredagh could be found tending her beloved roses or writing her memoirs in the shade of the ancient trees. The berry bush hedge provides an attractive feature and a sumptuous buffet for the flurry of birdlife providing an evocative tribute to South Africa’s first Rosé style wine bottled at Bellingham in 1951. This gorgeous wine is packed with juicy summer berry fruit character and has a tantalising dry cherry finish. Delicious served well chilled for easy drinking on its own, or with Sunday lunch, picnics or a night out with the girls.

Vintage: 2013
Origin: Western Cape

Winemaker’s notes:

The grapes are selected from specific vineyards most suitable for quality grapes for rosé production. Viticultural tactics support soft juicy berry ripeness with soft tannins and colours for the intended style. The grapes are crushed and left on the skins for 2 hours until the desired colour is extracted and then drawn off settled and allowed to complete coldfermentation in stainless steel tanks.

Tasting notes:

Gracefully pink with burnt orange flashes bursting with enticing crushed  red berry, candied red apple, Turkish delight and rosewater aromas. Soft and fruity on entry with succulent strawberry and raspberry flavours and subtle spice on a lively dry fruity finish.

Serving notes:

An effortlessly enjoyable wine best enjoyed within the first 2 years of vintage when the fruit is vibrant and playful. Chill well and serve as an engaging social sipping wine, particularly in summer.Also makes a delicious partner to sushi, smoked salmon, prawn or shrimp canapés, smoked chicken salads or soft creamy cheese.

Technical Analysis:

12.00% Alcohol /3.2 g/1 Residual Sugar | 5.87 g/l Total Acidity I 3.3 pH


Big Oak Red

Big Oak Red | Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon  

fruity, juicy, berry

The magnificent BIG OAK at the Bellingham Manor house is a focal feature in the beloved garden of founding couple Bernard and Fredagh Podlashuk. It was in the shade of this tree that the first wines of Bellingham were bottled by hand, and where friends and family of the ‘Pods’ gathered in celebration of life in the Franschhoek Valley. This robust blend combines stately blackcurrant fruit intensity of Cabernet Sauvignon with succulent mulberry and spice from Shiraz in a perfectly balanced blend that is smooth and juicy for easy social drinking on its own, around the fire, or at the dinner table.

Vintage: 2012
Varieties: 60% Shiraz, 40%Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: Coastal Region, Grapes are from low yielding vineyards in Agter-Paarl and Darling

Winemaker’s notes:

2012 had a long ripening season that  produced good colour and flavour concentration in our red cultivars with ripe tannins and great overall quality. Both varieties were harvested by hand in late March between 24° and 26° Balling. The grapes are fermented separately on the skins before malolactic fermentation took place in older French oak barrels and allowed further maturation of 9 months before final blending to highlight the best of both varietals.

Tasting notes:

Dark ruby of medium depth with exuberant dark berry aromas, interesting oak spice and pepper on the nose. Medium bodied and sleek on entry with succulent summer berry confit flavours brushed with dark chocolate and smoky oak evident. Smooth textured tannins support the well balanced perfectly integrated blend right through to a vibrant juicy finish with attractive fruit intensity.

Serving notes:

Deliciously easy drinking for best enjoyment within the first 3 years of vintage. Serve as an effortless social sipping wine for any occasion.Also recommended as a great match with BBQ steaks, ribs and burgers, roast lamb shank, tomato based pasta dishes or mature cheese.

Technical Analysis:

14.00 o/o Alcohol 6.5 g/1 Residual Sugar 5. 7 g/ l Total Acidity I 3.5 pH


Pear Tree White

Pear Tree White | Chenin Blanc Viognier  

Lively, fruity, fresh

The glorious PEAR TREE at the Bellingham Manor House, planted in 1710 is the oldest in South Africa and is a proud feature of the beloved garden of founding couple Bernard and Fredagh Podlashuk. Its branches are home to many birds that help control vineyard pests – perfect co-operation between fauna and flora. This blend offers great balance of expressive ripe pineapple, passion fruit and honey melon from Chenin Blanc tinged with graceful peach and orange blossom from Viognier. Crisp and delicious served well chilled on its own or with fish braais, light lunches and at book club.


The even ripening and outstanding flavour intensity expressed in this vintage of high altitude old bush vine vineyards compelled our winemaker to craft this unique barrel matured Chenin Blanc. In true Bernard nature these vineyards were discovered and earmarked only for the best. Distinctively bold and lavishly perfumed with intriguing layers of tropical fruit, peaches and cream perfectly completed by seamlessly intergrated vanilla oak spice.

Vintage: 2013
Varietals: 80% Chenin Blanc, 20% Viognier
Origin: Western Cape, Mostly from Agter Paarl area

Winemaker’s notes:

2013 produced a bumper crop without compromise to quality of our fruity yet fresh white cultivars. The grapes were harvested by hand in the cool early morning, and both varieties were co-fermented with a wild yeast starter and completed in stainless steel by slight inoculation.

Tasting notes:

Delicately gold with youthful green glints and a burst of tropical pineapple, passion fruit and honey melon on the nose embellished with yellow peach and zesty nectarine and orange on the palate. An animated interesting wine that is well balanced and integrated finishing with freshness and lively fruity intrigue.

Serving Notes:

Best enjoyed within the first year or two of vintage when the fruit is at its most expressive. Serve chilled with or without food. Particularly recommended with sushi, Thai chicken wraps, Caesar salad or crumbed calamari.

Technical Analysis:

13.00 o/o Alcohol 3.6 g/1 Residual Sugar 6.12 g/1 Total Acidity I 3.4 pH