Platter’s 5* wine 2018.
To his friends and family he was Pod, but to the Cape Winelands he was Bernard Podlashuk, the maverick winemaker. Never quite satisfied to be just ordinary, he is recognised for his daring vision, sheer audacity and unabated drive that helped place South African wine on the map. The legend of Bernard’s tenacity and innovative flair lives on through the Bernard series, Bellingham’s premium range of extraordinary wines.
A world-class blend of 87% Shiraz, 10% Mourvèdre, 3% Viognier, all hand-picked from three sites on the same farm in the Agter-Paarl region at an average ripeness of 26°Balling. All three components came from low yielding trellised vineyards planted in decomposed granite and overlying clay soils with good water retention capability. Bunch selection at harvest was followed by berry selection on arrival at the cellar before natural co-fermentation between the cultivars. The young wine underwent malolactic fermentation in French oak and was barrel matured for a period of fourteen months.
Deep ruby with a bright crimson rim. Intense aroma of ripe mulberry and cherry layered with hints of rose and violet, carried through to an intricate intensely fruity palate that is both powerful and graceful. It has a deep inky flavor of red fruits with undertones of liquorice. Complex and elegant, with superb balance and great length. An instantly engaging wine with tremendous complexity already, but promises seamless integration and intrigue on maturation up to 2025. A great food wine that will match a variety of gastronomy, including roast lamb, char-grilled beef steaks or spicy sausages and mash.