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  • Suitable for vegans
  • Suitable for vegetarians

Product Description

  • Integrity & Sustainability Certified
  • Wine and spirit board
  • Malbec, Merlot and Mourvèdre - Red South African Wine
  • Malbec, Merlot and Mourvèdre grapes naturally fermented separately in open barrels liberating individual traits and origin and variety.
  • Blended before maturation in big French oak barrels respecting natural varietal character. Only 10 barrels produced this vintage.
  • Every so often, small parcels of extraordinary grapes capture the soul of their unique vineyard origins and transcend the mere science of routine winemaking practice deserving exciting exploration and experimentation in our cellar. This multi-faceted wine is an original composition of Malbec, Merlot and Mourvèdre seldom found together as a blend, but a fascinating enigma rising from the gutsy artistry of our winemaker. Sumptuous yet svelte with a core of intense blackcurrants and soft pastille cherry fruit, savoury earthy edges and all spice intrigue cradle by well tethered gentle oak all in perfect unity on an overtly fruity and fresh finish.
  • In his time, Bernard Podlashuk was well known in the Cape winelands as a real maverick winemaker. Never quite satisfied to be just ordinary, he is still recognised for his daring vision, sheer audacity and pioneering drive that helped place South African wine on the map. His tenacity and innovative flair lives on through The Bernard Series, Bellingham's premium range of extraordinary wines.
  • Alc 14% Vol
  • 10.5 UK Units
  • Know Your Limits
  • UK Chief Medical Officers recommend adults do not regularly exceed:
  • Men: 3-4 units daily
  • Women: 2-3 units daily
  • Enjoy Responsibly
  • Wine of South Africa
  • Pack size: 75CL


Allergy Information

  • Contains: Sulphur Dioxide/Sulphites

Tasting Notes

  • A dense and concentrated wine, with complex red and black fruit with spice supported by oak and seamless, velvety tannins. The wine has a lovely freshness on the finish.

Region of Origin

Coastal Region

Wine Colour


Alcohol Units



14% vol



Type of Closure

Natural Cork

Wine Maker

Niel Groenewald


South Africa

Alcohol Type


Grape Variety

Merlot, Mourvèdre, Malbec

Vinification Details

  • Fermentation technique: The three components are fermented separately in open fermenters. 100% natural fermentation took place at 25 - 28ºC The wine was removed from skins straight after fermentation. Oak/lees treatment: The wine was matured for 18 months in new French oak barrels.


  • Named in honour of our founder Bernard Podlashuk, The Bernard Series is Bellingham’s premium range of extraordinary wines.

Regional Information

  • The fruit comes from specific sites: Merlot from the Bottelary Hills in Stellenbosch (weathered granite), the Mourvedre from Achter Paarl (dirty sandstone soils) and bush vine Malbec from Somerset West (shale and sandstone mixed soils).

Storage Type


Storage Instructions

  • This wine can be drunk now but will further improve if carefully stored for up to 4 years

Recycling info

Pack. Glass

Name and address

  • Imported by:
  • DGB Europe Ltd,
  • 70 Upper Richmond Road,
  • Putney,
  • London,
  • SW15 2RP,

Return to

  • DGB Europe Ltd,
  • 70 Upper Richmond Road,
  • Putney,
  • London,
  • SW15 2RP,
  • UK.

Lower age limit

18 Years

Net Contents


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4 Reviews

Average of 3.8 stars

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Mine was a Dud

1 stars

Review from

At this price, and looking at the other reviewers, I was expecting something good. WelI, I got a different drink altogether. Rough and harsh, good only for cooking with. The sort of thing you drank when a student for £2.99. I presume I was unlucky, but I'm glad I didn't embarass myself by serving this to guests.

On my favourites list

4 stars

Review from

I was served this at a Mess Dinner, scanned the bar code and here we are. Lovely Wine, I save it for friends and self indulgence

Rich and delicious

5 stars

Review from

This wine has masses of sweet berry fruit on the nose and in the mouth, backed up by enough tannin to hold it all together. It really fills the mouth and the flavour lingers for ages on afterwards. The density makes it feel as if it was even more than the 14 percent alcohol on the label. If you are a fan of big, new world wines, this is one to try. For me, it is delicious but misses any real sense of local identity, and is maybe too heavy for everyday drinking, so I'd have given it just four and a half stars, if that was allowed.

Excellent wine, full of flavour.

5 stars

Review from

Picked this up in store. Wonderfully fruity aroma. Flavour was great from the first sip but improved when it had time to breathe. Lovely berry taste, very well rounded and full of depth. Will definitely be buying again and recommending to friends. At £13 it's not a cheap wine, but I don't think anyone could be disappointed with it.


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