23 June 2017

Bellingham celebrates Top 100 Wines listing

1 Double Platinum and 6 Double Golds among winery’s awards

Bellingham Wines’ The Bernard Series, is adding weight to its reputation as consistent performers in wine judging competitions, with numerous wines from this portfolio receiving high praise at the recently concluded, annual National Wine Challenge – incorporating Top 100 SA Wines. This elite club of Top 100 Wines for 2017, as well as wines scored Double Gold and Double Silver, were announced at a premier event in Cape Town, on Tuesday 25 April. 

The National Wine Challenge is a premier fine-wine-only event, held annually, which seeks to identify South Africa’s finest wines. This year, the wine judging panel, chaired by Master of Wine (MW) and UK wine critic, Jamie Goode, was tasked to rate and identify SA’s 100 best from a selection of over 500 wines.

Bellingham The Bernard Series Bush Vine Pinotage 2015 was awarded a Double Platinum rating, indicating a score of 91+/100 – and is one of only two Pinotages to be included in the final Top 100 Wines list for 2017.

This achievement is further supported with Bellingham having no less than six of its wines awarded Double Gold, being in close rank to the top wines. This Double Gold portfolio includes Bellingham The Bernard Series Old vine Chenin Blanc 2016, Bellingham The Bernard Series Basket Press Syrah 2015, Bellingham The Bernard Series Whole Bunch Roussanne 2016, Bellingham The Bernard Series Small Barrel SMV 2014 and Bellingham The Bernard Grenache Blanc with Viognier 2015. Bellingham’s second tier, Homestead Range, is also represented with the Homestead Chardonnay 2016 completing the tally of Double Golds.

Bellingham is one of South Africa’s most established wine brands, with a lineage that dates to 1693, with a strong reputation for pioneering new and interesting wine styles and varieties. The Bernard Series is an internationally awarded boutique series that is thoroughly contemporary, elaborately intricate and wholly unprecedented, made up of wines that are compellingly individualistic, sometimes irreverent and always fascinating.


The Bellingham The Bernard Series Bush Vine Pinotage 2015 is a premium-styled Pinotage, with richly layered aromas of black fruit and a concentrated palate with Morello cherry and hints of charcuterie.  

Comments Niël Groenewald, Winemaker at Bellingham: “It is fantastic to have Bellingham included in this ‘club’ of Top 100 wines, my team and I are especially happy that a broad range of our portfolio is recognised – which speaks to our ability to produce wines of consistent high and enjoyable quality, at various price points, and across a spectrum of varieties.”

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