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The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2015

Technical Analysis
Winemaker
Niel Groenewald
Main Variety
Chenin Blanc
Appellation
Coastal Region
Alcohol
14.0 %vol
pH
3.54
RS
4.2 g/l
TA
6.2 g/l
Characteristics
Type
White
Style
Dry
Body
Full
Taste
Fruity

Accolades

Annual Diners Club Platter awards 2016 - 5 Stars
Top 100 SA Wine Show 2016 - Top 100 Double Platinum Winner & Grand Cru (Best Chenin)

Tasting Notes

A luminescent gold wine with rambunctious fleshy peach, passion fruit, honey melon, papaya and pineapple fruit aromas layered with whiffs of oat meal 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.

Blend Information

100% Chenin Blanc

Food Suggestions

A great wine for enjoyment with food.

In The Vineyard

The grapes for this wine are from 3 exceptional Chenin Blanc vineyards with an average age of 43 years. These low yielding (4-6 tons per hectare) mature bush vines grow in soils that are predominately weathered granite with open canopies for maximum sunlight penetration.

2015 was the Goldilocks vintage for Chenin blanc, not to warm, not to cold, just perfect. Ripe fruit, lower sugars and great analysis

Origin: Coastal Region (Agter-Paarl, Durbanville and Bottelary Hills)

About The Harvest

Grapes are hand harvested at 24°Balling.

In The Cellar

Grapes are pressed in whole bunches before single-lot fermentation. The wine is wood matured for 12 months in 50% new French oak and 50% second fill barrels with extended lees contact and regular batonnage for richness and added depth and dimension.

Other Vintages

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Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2011 Niel Groenewald & Mario Damon Chenin Blanc
The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2009 Niel Groenewald & Mario Damon Chenin Blanc
The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2008 Niel Groenewald & Mario Damon Chenin Blanc
Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2007 Niel Groenewald & Mario Damon Chenin Blanc