Bellevue Wine Estate is nestled along the prestigious wine growing Bottelary Road in Stellenbosch. A white colonial style wall marks the entrance of this well loved family estate. A windy dirt road leads you to the gorgeous Dutch style tasting room and restaurant venue perfect for an afternoon lunch any time of the year. This Cape Dutch homestead was built in 1803 and after careful restoration became a National Monument in 1993.
As you enter the Tasting Room, the modern interior is a pleasant surprise to the well kept historical outer shell. The building has been preserved and touches of light wooden textures, brown leathers and copper features thread through the tasting room, creating a present-day comfort.
A pyramid of the celebrated and popular grape variety – Pinotage stands tall as you enter and had us celebrating at the Bellevue 2016 1953 Pinotage launch.
With a glass of the bubbly in hand we made our way out to the outdoor area where we enjoying a tasting of the best that this estate had to offer. The wines were incredibly bold, flavourful and a MUST have for your wine cabinet. This year I have definitely found myself enjoying reds a lot more, even in the warmer months having been slightly chilled, which could be frowned on in the wine industry, however it stops us from putting our reds away for the 2 months of the year that it gets to around 16 degrees in our homes at the heart of winter and allows us to enjoy it on 30 degree days like this in Stellenbosch.
We sat down for a Tasting to sample the ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE Bellevue 2016 1953 Pinotage and here is little about this gem of a bottle.
Adding to the superb wine offering is the recently released Bellevue “1953” Pinotage 2016, which is the culmination of decades of hard work in both the vineyard and the cellar. The wine derives its name from the fact that this particular vineyard was planted in 1953. This Pinotage block has been cultivated as a dry land vineyard for the past 64 years, with drip irrigation only installed in May 2017 to help the vines in dry spells as experienced in recent years. The vineyard is situated on a south-facing slope in the Bottelary Hills, which means slightly cooler temperatures during the summer months. The vineyard was planted in an East-West row direction on two different soil types, being Cartref and Westleigh.
The grapes for the “1953” Pinotage 2016 were hand-picked at optimum ripeness. After fermentation and regular pump overs in stainless steel tanks, the wine was matured for 18 months in small French oak barriques.
“This is a classy Pinotage with great pedigree and heritage,” says Morkel. “Its nose is packed with aromas of plums and maraschino cherries. This follows through on the palate, showing serious refinement, purity of fruit and great complexity and length. The mouthfeel and finish convey integrated, fine-grained tannins partnered by concentrated fruit flavours which linger.”
The Bellevue “1953” Pinotage 2016 is available directly from the Tasting Room at R545 per bottle.
After a few glasses of Pinotage we made our way over to the gorgeously laid table for a lunch put on by the Head Chef who has carefully curated the menu on offer at the Restaurant to pair and pay homage to the estates incredible wines.
The pizza oven is definitely a well loved feature of the restaurant, who doesn’t enjoy a slice of pizza and a glass or two of the estates finest.
The Chef’s main focus is on “farm style” flavours and classics which has a classic twist. Traditional and well loved salmon terrine, hours upon hours slow cooked springbok shank and melt in the middle camembert were just a few of the stars on the menu.
Menu for the Media Lunch
STARTERS: Salmon and Asparagus Terrine paired with the Bellevue Sauvignon Blanc 2017
MAINS: Slow cooked Springbok Shank with Mielie Pap paired with the incredible Bellevue 2016 1953 Pinotage
DESSERT: Oven baked Camembert with Walnut and Honey crumble
The laid back atmosphere, uncomplicated menu and absolutely delicious wines definitely are the equation for a perfect day out.
I look forward to going back and enjoying the sharing platters and famous pizza’s before the rush of 2018 hits us.
Cheers to this incredible wine landmark!
Bottelary Road, Koelenhof Stellenbosch Western Cape 7605 South Africa
021 865 2054
021 865 2055
Tuesday – Sunday from 09:00 tot 17:00
Fridays from 09:00 to 19:00
Tasting Room Hours:
Monday- Saturdays from 09:00 tot 17:00
Although I was invited to this media preview, all the pictures are my own and depicts the event through my eyes. All opinions are my own. The food/dishes were presented to the menu for the purpose of this lunch and may not be available on the regular. Please click the link above to view the menu.