Pinotage joins Bellingham's Bernard Series

08 February, 2011

South Africa’s Bellingham winery has added a Bush Vine Pinotage to its premium Bernard Series range of wines.

The 2009 Pinotage joins an Old Vine Chenin Blanc and Hand-picked Viognier in the Bernard Series, named after Bellingham founder Bernard Podlashuk.

The wine is made using fruit from bush vines of 30 years or older, with natural fermentation and ageing in oak barrels.

Chief winemaker Niël Groenewald said: “The variety, treated with the right amount of respect and TLC can deliver some of the most outstanding wines from South Africa.

“Old vines, correct location and lots of winemaking experience can elevate this variety to compete with the best in the world.”

The Pinotage is initially exclusive to Majestic at £14.99, with an offer of £11.99 each for two bottles until March 21.




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