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Chenin Blanc – Bellingham Bernard – Western Cape – South Africa

Winemaker Niël Groenewald’s exceptional pocket of old, low-yielding Chenin bush vines produces a wine deserving its own unique identity. The grapes used to make this wine come from four exceptional vineyards with an average age of 40 years. The Bernard Series celebrates the legend of Bernard Podlashuk, the founder and the original winemaker, and is matured in French oak.
Tasting Notes: Pale gold with hints of green around the glass. The nose is fragrant with hints of baked pineapple and green melon. On the palate subtle sweetness of honeysuckle, pear, and vanilla oak spice. Complex wine with a lovely lingering finish.

Chenin Blanc – The Grape

An ancient white variety important in the Loire Valley, France. Unfortunately, Chenin Blanc is the most underrated great white grape, perhaps because you must be a good winemaker to make a decent wine. The grape is a late-ripening with high acidity. It produces dry to sweet, and sparkling wines. Chenin Blanc attacked by noble rot can make outstanding sweet dessert wines that can age brilliantly.

Shelf Price : $22.29 + tax    SKU# 897710

Available at BC gov’t liquor stores, EverythingWine locations, and selected private stores.