Bellingham Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc


Grape: Chenin Blanc 100%

Country: South Africa


Body: Med-Full

Abv: 13.5%

Size: 75cl


The Bernard Series from South Africa's Bellingham Estate is dedicated to their founder, Bernard Podlashuk. This Chenin Blanc hand harvests from low yielding, 35-47 year old vines on the Cape Coast (Paarl, Stellenbosch and Cape Town). Naturally fermented and matured in 50% French oak barrel and 50% second fill barrels with extended lees contact and monthly battonage for 12 months.

A luminescent gold wine with fleshy peach, passion fruit, honey melon, papaya and pineapple fruit aromas layered with whiffs of oatmeal and crushed wheat. These follow through with a lavish concentrated fruit palate that is powerful yet balanced. The riveting finish is fresh with tremendous length and lingering touches of honey and oak spice. Try with roast chicken, creamy pastas, seafood or creamy cheeses. 

The Bellingham Estate has a wealth of history, with the first vines planted by French Huguenot descendants in 1693 , before passing through the families until the production of Franschoek, and the Cape's, first rose wine in 1949, followed by the first varietal Shiraz in 1956. Today, while still inspired by its history of innovation, Bellingham is firmly set in the 21st century, producing contemporary, structured wines with an unmistakable sense of place and style.

Winner of Platinum at the 2021 Decanter World Wines Awards.

Wine Notes

Sub Type: White
Grape: Chenin Blanc 100%
Country: South Africa
Tasting Notes:

Fleshy peach, passion fruit, honey melon, papaya and pineapple fruit aromas layered with whiffs of oatmeal and crushed wheat. A lavish concentrated fruit palate that is powerful yet balanced. The riveting lengthy finish with lingering touches of honey and oak spice.

Appearance: Gold
Body: Med-Full
Sweetness: Dry
Blending: Varietal
Oaking: Oaked
Wine Making Process: Lees|Old Vines
ABV: 13.5%
Vintage: 2019
World Type: New World
Closure: Screw Cap
Wine Size: 75cl
Suitable: N/A
Food Match: Chicken|Pasta|Seafood|Soft Cheese
Producer: Bellingham Estate


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