Bellingham St. Georges 2005

A brave and bold full bodied blend of Merlot, Pinotage and Cabernet Franc revealing layers of succulent dark forest berry fruit, roast cacao, vanilla bean and yule spice supported by smooth silky tannins and well married dapper oaking.

Best enjoyed at 16º C and will benefit by decanting an hour before drinking.

variety : Merlot [ 43% Merlot, 30% Pinotage, 27% Cabernet Franc ]
winery : Bellingham Wines
winemaker : Niël Groenewald
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.0 % vol  rs : 3.0 g/l  pH : 3.57  ta : 6.1 g/l  
type : Red   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

2009 Berlin Wine Trophy - Gold Medal
2008 International Wine & Spirit Competition - Bronze Medal
2008 Old Mutual Trophy Awards - Bronze Medal (70/100)
2008 Decanter Awards - Bronze Medal
Monde Selection Awards, Brussels 2008 - Silver Medal
2008 Swiss International Air Lines Wine Awards – Bronze Award

ageing : Assertive yet approachable already promising intriguing secondary maturation characteristics and further complexity and integration for up to 10 years in a temperature controlled cellar.

in the vineyard : Age of Vines: Between 10 and 15 years old.
Climate: Cool growing season with long, slow ripening period.
Soils: Predominantly Shale

about the harvest: Varietals were harvested separately by hand at an average ripeness of between 24º and 26º B. The average yield was 7-8 tons/ha.

in the cellar : Varietals were fermented separately in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel. 50% new wood and 50% second fill French oak barrels were used. Varietals were blended together and received further wood maturation in oak barrels for 18 months.

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