Bellingham thrives at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards

Iconic South African wine brand Bellingham, situated in Franschhoek, has yet again shown its world-class pedigree and the universal appeal of its wines at the Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards, securing 89+ ratings for two of its wines.

Bellingham Wines, renowned for harnessing the strength of its terroir by focusing on a few keyvarieties, was rewarded Double Gold for Bellingham The Old Orchards Chenin Blanc, and Gold for Bellingham Homestead Pinotage.

The internationally acclaimed Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards,is touted as the biggest southern African-based Wine & Spirits competition, and this year attracted a record number of 2 255 entries. The competitionishighly regarded in the industry for its rigorous judging process, done by a panel of esteemed local and international judges. Wines are tasted blind and rated according to the internationally accepted 100-point system. Wines and spirits are only awarded a medal if they rank among the top-scoring third of wines entered.

The much-anticipated 2018 results are therefore a cause for celebration for the Bellingham cellar team. Richard Duckitt, Bellingham Cellarmaster said: “at a time when the topic of the protection of old vines is receiving much-needed attention, it is fantastic to show Bellingham The Old Orchards Chenin Blanc in such an important competition. This wine, in particular, captures the complexity and concentration one expects from older vineyards and is a personal favourite of mine, and one that I recommend for the festive season.”

The Bellingham Homestead Pinotage is an equally rewarding festive partner, with ripe red fruit, sweet spices and soft tannins, making it a trustworthycompanion for lambroast.

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