Oh what a treat it was to try this old vine Chenin from Bellingham wines. Its a wine you can drink on it’s own or with a good meal like roast chicken or grilled fish. Exceptionally moreish with it’s lingering, full mouth feel and clean acidity.
WinemakerRichard Duckitt uses low-yielding bush vines averaging 45 years in age from three weathered granite vineyards (Coastal Region’s Agter-Paarl, Durbanville and Bottelary Hills) for what is a rich, full-bodied white. Whole bunch pressed, it spends 12 months in French oak (50 percent new) with extended lees contact and regular batônnage.
Winemaker’s Tasting Notes: “A luminescent gold wine with rambunctious fleshy peach, passion fruit, honey melon, papaya and pineapple fruit aromas layered with whiffs of oatmeal and crushed wheat that follow through with lavish concentrated fruit flavours from the nose – powerful yet accommodating on the palate with discernible, yet seamless and subtle spicy oak complexity. The riveting finish is fresh and intense with tremendous length, making it a great wine for enjoyment with food.”
The Bernard series is a tribute to Belllingham’s celebrated founder, Bernard Podlashuk, whose visionary approach and bold risks helped shape the course of South African wine.