Twenty million wine lovers have voted in the annual Vivino Wine Style Awards and reviewers have recognised Bellingham’s The Bernard Series Basket Press Syrah as one of the top wines from South Africa. Vivino is the world’s largest wine application (app), allowing a global wine community to buy, rate and review wines. This popular wine app has more than 20 million wine lovers, worldwide, who use the app to grow, and share, their love for wine.
Shiraz grapes ripening on the vine
Yearly, Vivino recognises the world’s most popular wines, in 147 categories, from Argentinian Malbec to Bordeaux Red to California Chardonnay, South African Shiraz – and everything in between – in the Wine Style Awards.
This year’s winning wines were determined by Vivino’s active community and the millions of wine ratings they’ve submitted over the past year. To determine the top-rated wines of the year, Vivino’s developers select the top ten best-rated wines with at least 50 ratings from the past year – resulting in this platform’s Top Lists, as rated by the most important wine judges in the world: the public.
The Bellingham Homestead in the early morning
Only one percent of the wineries listed on Vivino ever make it onto one of these coveted Top Lists.
With 231 ratings to its name, and an average rating of 4.2 stars, Bellingham The Bernard Series Syrah is officially considered as one of the Top 10 Shirazes from South Africa. Reviews by Vivino users included praise for the wine’s attractive qualities: ““Delicious. Full flavoured; well balanced. Didn’t get chance to try it properly though. My girlfriend finished bottle before I could’ve enjoyed it. I’m buying another bottle”, it’s classy style: “Yummmmmmy [sic]. The age has helped this to be my favourite. Opened up in glass to show itself as a classy wine” and its body: “Silky smooth, but plenty of punch.”
Some early Bellingham Wines
Bellingham is one of South Africa’s most established wine brands, with a lineage that dates to 1693, with a strong reputation for pioneering new and interesting wine styles and varieties. In 1951 the first single varietal Shiraz was bottled at Bellingham, where it remains one of the focus varieties at the estate. The estate’s innovative legacy continues under The Bernard Series label, with wines under this boutique label made to be individualistic, a little bit irreverent but ultimately fascinating in style.
Niël Groenewald, Cellarmaster at Bellingham
Says Niël Groenewald, Cellarmaster at Bellingham: “With the wine community fast becoming an interconnected and global one, we are incredibly happy that The Bernard Series Syrah is recognised by a global audience as one of the best – ultimately, we make wine for people’s enjoyment, therefore the Vivino Style Award is now officially considered as one of Bellingham’s proudest.”
Have you enjoyed one of Bellingham’s wines lately? Go rate them now by visiting www.vivino.com, and search for ‘Bellingham’.