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The Bernard Series

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

  • Whole Bunch Roussanne (International Only)

    Vintage: 2018
    Variety: 100% Roussanne
    Alc: 13.5%
    Wine of Origin: Coastal Region / Paarl

    Made from Paarl Paardeberg region grapes, whole-bunch pressed to preserve the wild floral and herbal tea aromas underpinned by soft kiwi, tropical pineapple and peach fruit. A touch of oak spice adds to the intrigue of this food-loving wine.

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  • Old Vine Chenin Blanc

    Vintage: 2017
    Variety: 100% Chenin Blanc
    Alc: 14%
    Wine of Origin: Coastal Region (Agter-Paarl, Durbanville and Bottelary Hills)

    The grapes for this distinctive Chenin Blanc are hand-picked from characterful and genuinely unique old bush vines specifically blended from Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Paarl and Darling. It features vibrant tropical fruit flavours with hints of honey and oak spice on the finish.

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  • Whole Bunch Grenache Blanc – International Only

    Vintage: 2014
    Variety: 80% Grenache Blanc / 20% Viognier
    Alc: 14% vol
    Wine of Origin: Coastal Region / Paarl

    Made from Coastal Paarl Region grapes, whole-bunch pressed for well-defined flavour extraction. The wine shows vibrant green apple, fleshy peach and stone fruit, with citrus blossom and subtle spice notes. A beautiful match for a wide range of cuisines.

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  • Bush Vine Pinotage

    Vintage: 2017
    Variety: 100% Pinotage
    Alc: 14%
    Wine of Origin: Coastal Region (Stellenbosch)

    This Pinotage is a sensual rendition of South Africa’s signature indigenous variety. Hand-harvested from low yielding, unirrigated bush vines, with black cherry, mulberry and raspberry fruit, an earthy minerality and beautiful oak integration.

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  • Basket Press Syrah

    Vintage: 2017
    Variety: 100% Syrah
    Alc: 14%
    Wine of Origin: Coastal Region - Stellenbosch (Bottelary Hills) and Paarl

    Made from fruit grown in low-yielding Stellenbosch and Paarl vineyards. Grapes are crushed in a small-batch basket press to preserve the natural dark berry fruit tinged with subtle fynbos and black and white pepper spice.

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  • Small Barrell SMV

    Vintage: 2017
    Variety: Shiraz 62%; Mouvedre 36%; Viognier 2%
    Alc: 14%
    Wine of Origin: Coastal Region / Paarl

    An intricate blend led by Shiraz, with Mourvèdre and Viognier. Originating from selected Coastal Paarl Region vineyards, this wine features alluring black and red fruit on the nose and palate, layered with dark chocolate, winter spice, rose and violet.

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The Founders Series

  • Bellingham Q Couple Rosé 2018

    The Founders Series is a very small selection of the best wine in the cellar. It follows the Bellingham style and maximum of 5 barrels are selected every year. The concept is to honour Bellingham’s pioneering founders, Fredagh and BernardPodlashuk, affectionately known as Freda and Pod.

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  • Freda

    This ultra-premium white blend comprises of Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc. Its delicate floral aromas entice on entry, with pear drop, yellow peach and green almonds on the palate, and a slightly saline, fresh finish.

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  • Pod

    This ultra-premium red blend is made from Shiraz and Pinotage grapes sourced from superior low-yielding vineyard sites. It has layered dark fruit, black cherries and plums that flow beautifully from nose to palate, with subtle but grippy tannins.

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The Homestead Series

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Vintage: 2019
    Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
    Alc: 13.5% vol
    Wine of Origin: Cape Town

    This wine of origin Cape Town is beautifully balanced, with outspoken tropical fruit flavours. Melon, pear and citrus abound on the nose and palate, culminating in a crisp, refreshing finish.

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  • Chenin Blanc

    Vintage: 2019
    Variety: 100% Chenin Blanc
    Alc: 13%
    Wine of Origin: Paarl

    Made from predominantly old bush vines in the Paardeberg and Paarl region, this expressive Chenin Blanc has hints of ripe stone fruit on the nose, followed by layers of honey, marmalade and peaches on the palate.

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  • Chardonnay

    Vintage: 2018
    Variety: 100% Chardonnay
    Alc: 13%
    Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch

    This lightly oaked wine is made from Coastal Stellenbosch Region grapes farmed for premium quality. It has beautiful butterscotch and spicy notes, with citrus and melon flavours on the nose and palate.

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  • Pinotage

    Vintage: 2018
    Variety: 100% Pinotage
    Alc: 14%
    Wine of Origin: Stellenbosch

    The grapes for this characterful Pinotage originate from Coastal Stellenbosch Region bush vines which yield small berries with high concentration and flavour. Ripe red fruit, sweet spices and soft tannins are hallmarks of this wine.

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  • Shiraz

    Vintage: 2017
    Variety: 100% Shiraz
    Alc: 14%
    Wine of Origin: Paarl

    Made from meticulously managed Agter-Paarl grapes that produce rich and ripe dark fruit flavours. This Shiraz has a deep ruby colour with plums, blackberry and pepper spice persisting from entry to finish.

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