The Bernard Series is our tribute to the determination and maverick spirit of Bellingham’s founder Bernard Podlashuk. Celebrated as a trail-blazing visionary, Bernard’s tenacity and courage established the winery’s stellar reputation and helped shape the South African wine industry we know and love today.

Bernard was never quite satisfied to be just ordinary, and is famous for his daring vision, sheer audacity and unabated ambition to push the boundaries of possibilities for Cape wines. The legend of Bernard’s tenacity and innovative flair lives on through The Bernard Series.

This internationally awarded boutique series is thoroughly contemporary, elaborately intricate and wholly unprecedented, made up of wines that are compellingly individualistic, sometimes irreverent, but always fascinating

Bernard Series – Barrel Fermented MMM

Vintage: 2015
Variety: 64% Malbec, 21% Merlot & 15% Mourvedre
Alc: 14%% vol
Wine of Origin: Coastal Region

Profound ruby red depth with a generous concentration of blackcurrants, cherries, mulberry and blackberry pastille fruit embellished by winter spice, anise and pepper on the nose. A robust dense entry with an explosion of ripe dark berries cradled by attractive oak spice complexity that follows through to an outspoken finish of great length and concentration intricately balanced by softly textured tannins.

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Bernard Series – Organic Syrah

Vintage: 2013
Variety: 100% Shiraz
Alc: 14% vol
Wine of Origin: Paarl region

A complex and opulent Syrag reflecting the generosity of its orgins with concentrated dark berry and plum flavours, brushed with a distinctive peppery spice and indigeneous wild flower notes.

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Bernard Series – Bush Vine Pinotage

Vintage: 2016
Variety: 100% Pinotage
Alc: 14%% vol
Wine of Origin: Coastal Region

Deep ruby with tints of purple on the rim. Liberal black cherry, ripe mulberry and raspberry confit aromas deliver a mouthful of plum pudding, smoked meat flavours and hints of savoury truffle, beautifully balanced with brushes of violet, winter spice and oak integration on a long, succulent fruit finish. Drinking well already, but promises to develop savoury richness, secondary intrigue and definitive smoothness with up to 10 years bottle maturation.

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Bernard Series – Basket Press Syrah

Vintage: 2014
Variety: 98% Shiraz / 2% Voigner
Alc: 14% vol
Wine of Origin: Coastal Region

A powerful aromatic wine that is assertive, yet delicate and refined with ample cracked black- and white pepper, as well as hints of rich dark chocolate on a substantial blackberry and mulberry fruit foundation, tinged with subtle suggestions of violets and dried indigenous fynbos. A generously structured wine with an astute ripe tannin texture that promises further integration and complexity on cellar maturation for up to 10 years.

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Bernard Series – Small Barrell SMV

Vintage: 2013
Variety: 85% Shiraz / 12% Mourvèdre / 3% Viognier
Alc: 14% vol
Wine of Origin: Coastal Region / Paarl

Deep ruby with a bright crimson rim. A mosaic of alluring black- and red berry and cherry aromas, layered with dark chocolate, winter spice, rose and violet on the nose carried through to an intricate and intense fruit-driven palate that is both powerful and graceful. A long, smooth and succulent finish of good length and complexity.

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Bernard Podlashuk was never quite satisfied to be just ordinary, and is famous for his daring vision, sheer audacity and unabated ambition to push the boundaries of possibilities for Cape wines. The legend of Bernard’s tenacity and innovative flair lives on through The Bernard Series, Bellingham’s range of extraordinary wines.

Originally known as ‘Bellinchamp’ (pretty fields), Bellingham begins its story in 1693 when Hollander Gerrit Janz van Vuuren and his French Huguenot wife planted the first 1000 vines on the estate. Through ages of farming families, the modern renaissance of the Bellingham Estate in Franschhoek began in the 1943 when Bernard and Fredagh Podlashuk purchased the somewhat dilapidated and derelict farm and began restoring the Manor House, the gardens and the vineyards.

The Podlashuks were true pioneers, and with little farming acumen enlisted the help of 13 Italian prisoners of war, who helped to replant the vineyards. Bernard and Fredagh travelled to France and Germany hungry for knowledge and it was this experience and initiative that inspired the release of the first rosé in the Cape in 1949, their ‘Premier Grand Cru’ was the first dry white blend and an original in its style released in 1951, and the first single varietal Shiraz was bottled at Bellingham in 1956.

The ’80s and ’90s saw vineyard developments, cellar extensions and the beginning of Bellingham’s ‘classic-new world’ winemaking philosophy. The new century saw a shift in the Bellingham portfolio and The Maverick range of wines was launched in 2002.

These wines challenged convention and custom continuing the philosophy of the great ‘Pod’, and garnering international recognition almost immediately. The range was re-launched as The Bernard Series in 2009 and continues boldly exploring new territories in the fine art of crafting wine. The Bernard Series has received numerous prestigious awards, reviews and critical acclaim both at home in South Africa and Internationally.

Bernard Series – Grenache Blanc Voignier

Vintage: 2014
Variety: 80% Grenache Blanc / 20% Viognier
Alc: 14% vol
Wine of Origin: Wine of Origin Coastal Region from vineyards in Agter-Paarl and Voor-Paardeberg – Paarl

Richly textured and opulent with beautifully woven integration between the fresh green apple, fleshy peach and stone fruit from the Grenache and citrus blossom, pear drop and intriguing spice from the Viognier. A very well-balanced and bold wine with multi-layered intricacy and richness.

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Bernard Series – Hand Picked Viognier

Vintage: 2016
Variety: 100% Viognier
Alc: 13.5% vol
Wine of Origin: Coastal Region (Agter-Paarl)

Luminescent gold brushed by youthful green glimmers. Overtly peachy with sumptuous white pear, spice and honeysuckle aromas and flavours that follow through to a richly fruited finish, that whilst full, is still refreshing and effortlessly woven with well-integrated vanilla and oak spice intrigue.

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Bernard Series – Old Vine Chenin Blanc

Vintage: 2016
Variety: 100% Chenin Blanc
Alc: 14% vol
Wine of Origin: Coastal Region (Agter-Paarl, Durbanville and Bottelary Hills)

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 a discernible, yet seamless and subtle spicy oak complexity.

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Bernard Series – Whole Bunch Roussanne

Vintage: 2017
Variety: 100% Roussanne
Alc: 13.5%% vol
Wine of Origin: Coastal Region / Paarl

A deeply fascinating wine with graceful wild Cape flowers, indigenous fynbos and herbal tea aromas supported by soft kiwi, tropical pineapple and peach kernel vivacity well integrated with a subtly spiced finish laced with hints of honey richness. A unique white wine that delivers vibrant fruit and bracing freshness in youth, although still generous in structure to develop intriguing depth and dimension for up to five years

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Bernard Series – Whole Bunch Marsanne

Vintage: 2014
Variety: 100% Marsanne
Alc: 14% vol
Wine of Origin: Voor Paardeberg

Harvested by hand at optimal ripeness and softly pressed in whole bunches with reverence to the delicate skins of this variety. Cool fermetation in older french oak barrels preserves the inherent traits and fruit expression.

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