12 Wines of Christmas – Day Ten and Eleven

It’s double feature time again folks!

We are so close to the end of our countdown. Day Ten and Eleven bring us two cracking wines from one of my favourite wineries in Geelong – Bellbrae Estate.

I first visited Bellbrae a couple of years ago for my darling sisters’ Hen’s Weekend. If you missed it – check out the post here!

Toast To The Coast

To me, Bellbrae was the epitome of Geelong surf coast lifestyle – a lifestyle that is beautifully reflected in their wines.

They are located along the Great Ocean Road, about five minutes from the iconic Bells Beach.  Established in 1999, their wines exhibit strong varietal character of the wines and the regions.

Bellbrae have two collections – the Bellbrae Estate, which is wonderfully drinkable now, although also benefits from cellaring, and the Longboard range, packed full of fresh flavour, ready to drink now!

I was lucky enough to be gifted a couple of samples from the Bellbrae Longboard range, which made the perfect addition to the 12 Wines of Christmas countdown!

2015 Longboard Chardonnay

On the Eye: Golden yellow

On the Nose: Pineapple and floral notes

In the Mouth: Quite a fruit driven Chardonnay, with peach and a slight creaminess

I am slowly but surely being swayed to the dark side Chardonnay side of life, and this is definitely a Chardonnay I would choose to drink again! It would be a lovely match with light, grilled chicken dishes, all the way to the other end of the scale with a chicken curry!

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2014 Longboard Pinot Noir

On the Eye: clean, soft crimson

On the Nose: Earthy spices, with aromas of berries

In the Mouth: Smooth and slightly savoury with a nice bite. Soft gingerbread, with dark berry flavours.

It seems like any wine we taste could be paired with a charcuterie platter (cold meats and cheese) however it would get a bit repetitive if I said this for every wine. But this Pinot would definitely pair with a mixed meat and cheese platter. A Christmas pairing? Perhaps green beans.
I like to mix green beans with breadcrumbs or cos cos. Now I think I would like to mix that dish with the Longboard Pinot Noir too!

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Whether you are in the area or not, it is well worth the trip down the Surf Coast to Bellbrae Estate.
The friendly and incredibly knowledgable cellar door staff will run you through a tasting, and you will feel your stress levels steadily decrease as you adopt the surf coast style, even if just for the weekend.

To order these delicious wines, check out the Bellbrae Estate website.

Keep up to date with news, events and all things wine on their Facebook and Instagram pages!

Missed a day? Catch up here:

Day Nine
Day Eight, Seven & Six
Day Five
Day Four
Day Three
Day Two
Day One

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