Always been a big fan of anything Bellingham produce and this excellent Chardonnay from the Franschhoek Valley in South Africa doesn’t disappoint.
A little bit of trivia I found out is that Bellingham was originally called ‘Bellinchamp’ back in 1693 which means ‘green fields’ kind of cool I thought.
So what’s it like? well, to start with I thought it was a nice looking bottle, when poured it’s a bright golden straw like colour. Stick your nose in the glass and you get lots of citrus aromas with some ripe peach in the background also a hint of caramel, butterscotch and vanilla.
On first sip this was perhaps a little to chilled and the flavours were more about the sharp citrus fruits even though they were fairly much muted, left to warm up slightly the more secondary notes of peaches and tropical fruits along with some vanillary oak and butter scotch came through giving the wine a better all round and slightly complex taste.
As I said earlier, Bellingham can do no wrong with me and this Chardonnay is very good as are all their other wines I’ve tasted.
This can be enjoyed with food or equally enjoyed on its own, just remember not to over chill it and you will be rewarded with a brilliant wine unless you happen not to like rich tasting Chardonnay.
My rating 8/10 Corks
Tesco around £8-£9