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DISCOVER THE SIMONSBERG AT CAPE WINE 2018

DISCOVER THE SIMONSBERG AT CAPE WINE 2018


For the first time in Cape Wine history, ten producers spanning Stellenbosch and Paarl will gather
around the striking mountain that unites them, to provide visitors with a 360 degree tasting
experience of the majestic Simonsberg, where wine has been grown since the 17th century.
It has taken months of planning and coordination to orchestrate a stand that brings together a group
of wineries that are in many ways strikingly different, yet share common values, borders and most
importantly, the unique terroir of the Simonsberg. Participants include some of the most prominent
names encircling the mountain, namely Backsberg, Delheim, Glen Carlou, Marianne, Muratie, Noble
Hill, Plaisir de Merle, Remhoogte, Rustenburg and Vrede en Lust.


It is arguably rare to find such a distinct group of producers, many of which have been established for
over a century and form part of different wine routes, appellations and trade organisations,
collaborating under the unofficial banner of Simonsberg wine, which is neither an official Wine of
Origin nor a formally recognised wine route. In essence, the concept for the stand is simply a group of
neighbours united around a collective symbol: their cherished home.


Not only will Cape Wine visitors have a chance to sample a selection of the 285 unique wines
produced on Simonsberg terroir, but they will also have the opportunity to physically move around the
mountain - or at least a large-scale 3D representation thereof. Constructed from 29 layers of wood,
laser cut to accurately follow the curves and contours of the Simonsberg, the 3.5m-long model will
provide guests with a detailed perspective of the mountain, without having to make the 45-minute
trek from Cape Town. Quite literally, this turns a certain famous proverb on its head: if you can’t bring
Cape Wine to the Simonsberg, bring the Simonsberg to Cape Wine.

Discover the Simonsberg at stand K107 at the CTICC from 12 - 14 September.

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New Wine & Fynbos Cupcake pairing highlights Delheim's eco-passion

New Wine & Fynbos Cupcake pairing highlights Delheim's eco-passion

Taste the Cape Floral Kingdom in this Stellenbosch estate's unique offering

 Delheim has always been famous for its tasting room pairing of bespoke cupcakes with its wines. Now, the experience goes next-level with an all-new twist of this evergreen favourite that puts the Cape's famous Floral Kingdom and the Stellenbosch stalwart's eco-friendly winemaking front-and-centre.

This is Delheim's Wine & Fynbos Cupcake Pairing - the latest addition that employs an entirely new range of fynbos-inspired cupcakes to showcase the excellence of Delheim wines. Significantly, the experience launches in the most floral month of the year and just the day to celebrate South Africa's unique treasures: September 24, National Heritage Day.

The new offering makes a fitting addition to Delheim, which is home to the Boland Granite fynbos type and has long been an ambassador for eco-friendly farm practice and sustainable winemaking.

There are four cupcakes in the line-up.

The fynbos honey cupcake was created using locally-produced Cape coast honey and icing that is cream cheese with honey-based. It is paired with Delheim Merlot and highlights the wine's red fruit flavours. Notes of blueberries and plums fit sublimely with the sweet honey of the baked treat.

The honeybush cupcake incorporates fine grade honeybush tea leaves and a plain cream icing, and is paired with the Delheim Chardonnay Sur Lie. The wine's flavours of apple, citrus, stone fruit and a touch of oak and minerality blend in unison with those in the cupcake – sweet and fruity notes of floral blooms with vegetative tinge.

A buchu cupcake was developed using a highly concentrated tincture by Durban-based herbal laboratory Phyto-Force. The icing is cream cheese and lemon-based, which adds a zing that fits perfectly when served with the Delheim Gewurztraminer. The wine is known for its aromas of orange blossom, Turkish delight and lychee on a backdrop of citrus zest and is a fine partner to the fresh, crisp bite of buchu.

The rooibos cupcake features extracted rooibos espresso as an ingredient and is topped with icing of cream cheese and cinnamon. The creation is paired with Delheim Pinotage, which shows clove, Asian spice and dark berry flavours with a nuance of oak.  

The natural character of the pairing components – the fynbos-inspired cupcakes and wines – are the thin edge of the wedge of environmental thoughtfulness that has been part of Delheim recipe for decades. The farm's first environmental management plan was written in 1976.

In the context of especially fynbos conservation, contributions by Delheim and farms like it have been invaluable. Fynbos is a sub-set of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest of the six Floral Kingdoms in the world, and the only one entirely contained within a single country.

According to the SA National Biodiversity Institute, over one third of all plant species in the country occur in the Cape Floral Kingdom. The organisation adds however that "distressingly, some three-quarters of all plants in the South African Red Data Book occur in the Cape Floral Kingdom: 1 700 plant species are threatened to some extent with extinction".

As a WWF-SA Conservation Champion, Delheim is acknowledged as an industry leader for its commitment to conservation, responsible production practices, integrated environmental management systems. It is also a founder member of the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy under Cape Nature's stewardship programme, actively participating in protection and conservation.

Among its initiatives, Delheim uses a bio-natural water management plant that recycles all cellar waste water on the farm; takes care to preserve substantial tracts of mountain fynbos and promote a bio-diversity; and, encourages parasitic insects to control pests in the vineyards.

The result has led to Delheim being home to 120 different species of indigenous plants and animals.

Among Delheim's other environmental highlights, an assortment of carefully developed dams, ponds and waterways have promoted a rich diversity of bird-life. There is a pair of breeding Blue Cranes on the farm while African Fish Eagles are regular visitors. On the Klapmutskop, which forms part of Delheim’s Vera Cruz property, a 300-year old yellowwood was discovered and is recorded as the oldest tree in an indigenous yellowwood forest in the country. Another protected plant, the Silver Tree, occurs naturally at Delheim and Delheim data shows the recovery of its endangered Renosterveld – another endangered component of the Cape Floral Kingdom.

The Delheim Wine & Fynbos Cupcake Pairing is available at R120 per person. Bookings are preferred while the experience for walk-in visitors is subject to availability. Reservation is essential for groups larger than nine people. To book, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information, visit www.delheim.com or contact Delheim on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 021 888 4600. Also find Delheim on Facebook, Twitter @Delheim and Instagram @delheimwines.

Delheim Estate is in the Simonsberg sub-region of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes, on the Knorhoek Road, off the R44.

 

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Chenin blanc takes flight again in Delheim's latest Wild Ferment

Chenin blanc takes flight again in Delheim's latest Wild Ferment

Bobbejaan & Ou Jong Steen produce yet another glowing ambassador for holistic farming

 

The latest vintage of Delheim Chenin Blanc Wild Ferment is out! The fourth vintage of this wine is renowned for the sublime intensity of flavour and aroma. The Chenin Blanc Wild Ferment 2017 forms part of a distinctive portfolio of well-crafted wines. In the glass, the wine shows a vibrant colour of pale straw with a green hue. Its sensory character is reminiscent of barley, apricots and peaches, underpinned by well-balanced acidity and oak. On the palate, citrus emerges and lingers.

In addition to its spontaneous fermentation by indigenous yeast, the wine is matured in 500 litres French oak barrels to emphasize depth of flavour on the palate. The approach has made every new vintage of Delheim Chenin Blanc Wild Ferment enthusiastically anticipated by the wine-loving public.

The wine is a calling card for the Stellenbosch stalwart's environmental focus. As a WWF-SA Conservation Champion, Delheim is acknowledged as an industry leader for its commitment to conservation, responsible production practices, integrated environmental management systems. It is also a founder member of the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy under Cape Nature's stewardship programme, actively participating in protection and conservation through sustainable practice.

Among its initiatives, Delheim uses a bio-natural water management plant that recycles all cellar waste water on the farm; takes care to preserve substantial tracts of mountain fynbos and promote a healthy bio-diversity.

From this heritage is born the Delheim Chenin Blanc Wild Ferment.

The harvest of 2017 delivered fruit-forward wines. The Chenin blanc fruit stems from two vineyard blocks – Bobbejaan, named for the baboons that used to regularly raid these vines; and, Ou Jong Steen, where some rows were planted one year prior to the other. The former block is 15 years old, the latter, 30 years.

Grapes from each were harvested at different ripening stages and their fruit treated differently in the cellar – one whole-bunch pressed, the other destemmed and crushed. The juice was settled for one day still containing particles as this was settled by gravity. It was racked, where the juice was allowed to ferment by indigenous strains of yeast, naturally occurring in the cellar environment and vineyards. By allowing a variety of strains to ferment the juice, along with ageing of the wine on its fine lees, contribute to the unique character of flavours and aroma that result in the beautiful Delheim Chenin Blanc Wild Ferment.

The Delheim Chenin Blanc Wild Ferment 2017 will pair well with servings of herb-crusted goat’s cheese, oyster mushrooms and southeast Asian-inspired dishes. For vegetarian dishes, try this wine with wild mushroom risotto or mustard and honey-glazed carrots. Delheim Garden Restaurant likes to pair this with Masala Chicken Salad.

The Delheim Chenin Blanc Wild Ferment 2017 is available from the winery, on the wine lists of numerous fine restaurants and at leading wine retailers. It is priced to sell from R125/bottle.

For more information, visit www.delheim.com or contact Delheim on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 021 888 4600. Also find Delheim on Facebook, Twitter @Delheim and Instagram @delheimwines.

Delheim Estate is in the Simonsberg sub-region of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes, on the Knorhoek Road, off the R44.

 

 

 

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DELHEIM'S AWARD-WINNING EDELSPATZ NOBLE LATE HARVEST IS BACK

DELHEIM'S AWARD-WINNING EDELSPATZ NOBLE LATE HARVEST IS BACK

DELHEIM'S AWARD-WINNING EDELSPATZ NOBLE LATE HARVEST IS BACK

For two long years, drought has kept Delheim from making its famed Edelspatz noble late harvest wine. This vintage however, the wine that's widely regarded as one of South Africa’s best dessert wines, is finally back.

The popular Rhine Riesling can only be made in years when nature provides conditions that are ideal for its production. Noble late harvest wine requires the natural occurrence of a vineyard fungus, Botrytis cinerea, that removes water from grapes and leads to the concentration of sugars and flavours. This desirable “noble rot” relies on wet and humid conditions, which are unlikely during drought.

Edelspatz's heritage and award-winning excellence, combined with this vagary of nature, make the wine's arrival always eagerly awaited.

Drought put paid to Edelspatz in 2016 and 2017 - the first time since Delheim started producing this wine in 1979 that it was absent for two consecutive years.

According to Delheim winemaker Altus Treurnicht, important contributors to this year's harvest being realised was the occurrence of sufficient water at necessary periods during fruit development; and, leaf-cover that trapped moisture and encouraged the ideal micro-climate.

The 2018 harvest took place from March 28 to May 17, concluding at the start of autumn.

The Delheim Edelspatz Noble Late Harvest is traditionally made from a single 33-year-old vineyard that only yields around three tons of grapes per hectare. The last vintage, the sold-out 2015, achieved amongst other accolades, five stars in Platter’s South African Wine Guide.

The 2018 vintage is available in a 375ml bottle at R285 each.

For more information or direct wine orders contact Delheim Estate at tel: 021 888 4600 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Orders can be placed from end of August.

 

 

 

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New vintage release of Delheim's vegan-friendly Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc

New vintage release of Delheim's vegan-friendly Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc

Cellar gems put the sparkle back into Meatless Mondays

A pair of Delheim's latest wine releases is sure to put a spring in the step of wine-lovers who are vegans. That's because unlike most other wineries, the famous Stellenbosch winery used zero animal products traditionally used in winemaking to produce its 2018 Delheim Pinotage Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc.

Animal products derived from milk, eggs, fish and including gelatine are used in a part of the winemaking process to fine and clarify the liquid before it is bottled. This limits the number of wines available to vegans and vegetarians. Delheim has however only used a type of clay called Bentonite and a plant-derived protein in the winemaking process of these two popular wines.

Its strategy reflects a wider philosophy at the farm of environmental awareness as a founder member of the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy, audited member of WIETA (Wine Industry Ethical Trade Association) and BWI (Biodiversity and Wine Initiative) WWF Conservation Champion.

The Delheim Pinotage Rosé was first created by Delheim patriarch and industry legend Spatz Sperling. This famed blush has a loyal following since its1976 launch as the first Pinotage Rosé in South Africa and in recent years alone, it was recognised three times as the best Rosé in the German market by the prestigious Weinwirtschaft magazine.

"Although we had severe dry conditions, the average temperature during the harvest period was cooler than previous years," says winemaker Altus Treurnicht. The result was slower ripening, which is ideal for the development of fruit, while the smaller size of the berries caused by drought came with its own challenge of extracting juice gently to retain the elegance of the Pinotage grapes.

Vinification resulted in a wine with a rich salmon colour with vibrant pink hue. On the nose, it shows notes of pomegranate and cranberry with nuances of candy floss and blossoms. Delicate flavours of red berry fruit linger on the palate and add to the freshness of this fruit-forward yet balanced wine.

Reminiscent of a perky spring breeze, the vegan-friendly 2018 rosé also features a splash of Muscat de Frontignan (3.5%), which balances the crisp acidity and red berry sweetness with a juicy fruit character and adds to the vibrant perfume character of the wine.

"There is no limit when it comes to food that will match this elegant rosé - From pastas to chicken and shellfish," Altus reckons. "Being a vegan-friendly wine, why not try it with roasted rainbow vegetables with Chimichurri or a curried sweet potato and freekeh salad." 

The 2018 Delheim Sauvignon Blanc was similarly impacted by the dry conditions. "Conditions like these have a specific effect on the aromatic profile of Sauvignon blanc," he says. "In this wine, the profile is more tropical fruit."

As with the Rosé from a variety of ideal sites, grapes were picked in coolness of early morning. Harvesting was also done to a schedule aimed at ensuring complexity in the wine. Once bottled, the wine revealed a light green hue with aromas of tropical fruit, citrus and gooseberry. On the palate, there's green figs and lime.

For food pairing, the 2018 Delheim Sauvignon Blanc does well with a grilled aubergine bake (or grilled line fish for ‘flexitarians’) as well as a variety of season-inspired salads.

These vegan-friendly wines are available at leading wine retailers and restaurants, as well as from the farm. They sell for around R75 for the Rosé and R79 for the Sauvignon Blanc.

For more information, visit www.delheim.com or contact Delheim on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

021 888 4600. Also find Delheim on Facebook, Twitter @Delheim and Instagram @delheimwines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Delheim gives flight to its very first Cabernet Franc

Delheim gives flight to its very first Cabernet Franc

Only a limited amount of Vaaldraai Cabernet Franc 2014 is available

Exceptional quality of fruit during the 2014 harvest has led Delheim wine estate to launch its first single variety Cabernet Franc wine. The Vaaldraai Cabernet Franc 2014 is a limited release named after the vineyard that gave it life, and is first available exclusively to members of the Delheim Wine Club.

Situated in the prominent ward of Simonsberg within the Stellenbosch region, Delheim is famous as the home of some of the area’s best vineyards with the Sperling family responsible for producing some of its most outstanding wines. Most recently, its Delheim Grand Reserve 2014 scored 94/100 in the 2017 South Africa Special Report by internationally acclaimed wine critic Tim Atkin, British Master of Wine (MW).

The Vaaldraai Cabernet Franc 2014 is a perfect example in this tradition of excellence and is the first of three new wines that Delheim’s owners have decided to give members of the club first dibs on.

The club is open to new members who will discover the truth in Delheim’s promise of being “Worth The Journey”. Members receive in addition to rare wine releases, a sign-up gift of wine; free delivery within SA; reward vouchers; complimentary tastings; an annual membership anniversary gift; and, preferential booking for events such as the Delheim Harvest Festival and popular Jazz and Cheese Fondue experiences.

The rare Delheim Vaaldraai Cabernet Franc 2014 emerges at a most opportune time. As a truly exceptional wine, it’s ideal as a special gift or ingredient to a memorable dinner during the coming festive season.

“The 2014 harvest of Cabernet Franc, which arrived at the end of a very wet season, was magnificent,” says winemaker Altus Treurnicht. “We usually deploy it for blends including our flagship Grand Reserve. It was so good however, that we decided to bottle it as a wine all by itself.”

Dark in colour with a red rim, the wine exudes flavours and aromas reminiscent of blackberries and dark chocolate with notes of tobacco and juicy cherries. “The palate is well structured with fine oak integration and a long finish,” says Altus. “Velvet-soft tannins linger on the palate.

“Stored properly, this wine will continue to mature for a decade.”

The Vaaldraai Cabernet Franc 2014 sells for R200 per bottle to Delheim Wine Club members only. If you purchase a case of six bottles, you receive a rebate of 20% to be used on your next Delheim wine order.

For more information about the Delheim Wine Club, visit http://www.delheim.com/wine-club.

To sign up, send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 021 888 4600.

Keep up to date with Delheim on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/delheim/) and Twitter @Delheim or visit www.delheim.com.

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Celebration of Michael Hans "Spatz" Sperling

While the passing of our dear patriarch and pioneering icon of the South African wine industry has left us all deeply saddened, let us gather to celebrate, remember and enjoy the day as if Spatz is still with us.

His family invites all friends, those who knew Spatz, and wine industry colleagues to celebrate his life on Thursday, 19 October between 14h00 and 17h00. The event will take place at Delheim Estate, come rain or shine, with the official toast at 15h00.

Let us laugh, let us be filled with joy and gentle contemplation, and let us share stories of his indelible wine journey and legacy spanning more than six decades.

We would love you to share a Spatz story or favourite photo (on A4 format) with us which the family will treasure in a memory book.

As we have done for many years the family supports donations to Hospice and are grateful for their support at a time when we needed it most. If you wish to donate online, please see link:

http://www.stellenboschhospice.org.za/get-involved-donate/

The farm will be closed on this day to the general public.

 

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Delheim’s legendary Spatz Sperling passes away

Wine icon leaves indelible legacy spanning more than six decades

The Sperling family are sad to announce the passing of Michael Hans ‘Spatz’ Sperling, their much-loved husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and patriarch of Delheim.

Since his arrival in South Africa as a 20-year-old from Germany in 1951 to join his uncle Hans Hoheisen and aunt Del, Spatz became a pioneering icon of the South African wine industry.

Over the next 60 years, Spatz grew this farm on the Simonsberg into one of the most enduringly popular and successful wine destinations, creating many firsts in the process. Among the most notable Delheim was the first farm to send out a newsletter and to serve cheese platters for lunch (first restaurant on a South African wine farm) - facilities today’s visitors to the Cape winelands take for granted. Spatz was ahead of the game too when it came to wines the consumer wanted. His first effort however was the famous Spatzendreck which has been loved by many since 1961. Heerenwijn, a light and dry white wine, was a first of its kind.  At the other end of the scale, in the 1970s, Spatz recognised growing demand for red wines, purchasing prime vineyard land on Klapmutskop, which he named Vera Cruz after his wife. Delheim’s flagship, the Cabernet-led Grand Reserve, first produced in 1981 and among the early Bordeaux-style blends, comes from these vineyards.

 

Over the years this family-run wine farm also became a microcosm of Spatz’s visionary work in the greater Stellenbosch community and the Cape Winelands as a whole. In the days when there were few privately owned farms, Spatz, Sydney Back of Backsberg and Frans Malan of Simonsig, founded the Cape Estate Wine Producers. Together they were also instrumental in transforming wine estate legislation which led to the 1973 Wine of Origin system. Spatz was, together with Frans Malan, and Neil Joubert of Spier, a founder member of the Stellenbosch Wine Route (using his persuasive charm to convince the authorities that traffic signboards should be allowed) and was involved with the founding of both the Stellenbosch Bottled Wine Show and Food and Wine Festival.

He had a passion for trees, especially fond of his pine forest and contributed to the South African Timber Growers Association as chairman.

The wine industry’s ultimate recognition of Spatz’s extraordinary contribution came in 2009, when he was honoured with the 350 Celebration Scroll in the year South Africa celebrated 350 years of winemaking.

Spatz’s unstoppable energy was matched by his larger-than-life personality and cheeky sense of humour; when Spatz arrived at a friend’s house, it was a party. He was also a ready and generous friend. ‘Our father will often be remembered in the wine industry as ‘the difficult German’, recall his two eldest children, Victor and Nora - ‘but he was not afraid of any challenge, even that of Parkinson’s disease of which he suffered during the latter years.’  

‘We are highly blessed to have had a father who we could share with so many people. In his honour please raise a glass of your favourite Delheim wine, share the moment and celebrate his journey with us – Prost!’

Spatz is survived by his wife Vera and children Victor, Nora, Maria, Nicholas and grandchildren Rudi, Karl, Gabriele, Michael, Louis and Renzo.

A private funeral service will take place in the Delheim cemetery. A celebration of Spatz’s life will be held at Delheim at a date to be announced.

The family is grateful to, and support donations to Hospice. 

 

 

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MOTHER NATURE POSTPONES VINTAGE OF DELHEIM EDELSPATZ

Adverse climate conditions have again put paid to a new release of the sought-after Delheim Edelspatz Noble Late Harvest, considered one of South Africa’s best dessert wines. This Rhine Riesling is an award-winning stalwart of the eco-conscious Stellenbosch estate’s portfolio that has not been realised for a second year running due to the influence of Mother Nature.

It is the first time since Delheim started producing the Edelspatz in 1979, that the wine has been absent for two consecutive years – an indication of both the severity of the drought and Delheim’s commitment to quality.

 

The making of a noble late harvest wine requires the natural occurrence of a vineyard fungus, Botrytis cinerea, that removes water from grapes and leads to the concentration of sugars and flavours. This desirable “noble rot” relies on wet and humid conditions, which have not been present due to drought across much of the Cape Winelands.

Delheim prides itself on crafting wine to the rhythm of nature as well as only making a wine when the conditions allow for the best. Grapes are not bought in. An assessment on the next vintage of Delheim Edelspatz will be made in May next year.

The Delheim Edelspatz Noble Late Harvest is traditionally made from a single 29-year-old vineyard that only yields around three tons of grapes per hectare. The last vintage, the sold-out 2015, achieved amongst other accolades, five stars in Platter’s South African Wine Guide.

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Delheim releases latest vintage of its flagship Grand Reserve

 

Latest vintage crowns Stellenbosch stalwart’s red wine portfolio

 Delheim Estate, nestled on the prime slopes of the Simonsberg, has released the latest vintage of its flagship bottling – a wine at the apex of the estate’s red wine portfolio: the Grand Reserve 2014.

Crafted vineyard-to-bottle with the specific intention of being the most exceptional expression of the harvest, the Delheim Grand Reserve is an eagerly anticipated red wine of the highest quality. Its name reflects the stature of this flagship wine in the estate’s highly awarded vinous array.

 

As with the previous release, the Grand Reserve 2014 is boldly led by Cabernet Sauvignon. Both Delheim and the Stellenbosch region are globally recognised as being home to South Africa’s most highly acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon wines. This has made the Delheim Grand Reserve a sought-after collector’s item since the range was established in 1981.

The Delheim Grand Reserve 2014 follows a release of the previous vintage and four-year hiatus for the wine before that. Where its predecessor comprised completely of Cabernet Sauvignon, the latest bottling partners this king of grape varieties with 10% Cabernet Franc and a 5% touch of Merlot.

“The 2014 vintage of Cabernet Franc showed particular finesse and structure. It just made the perfect component for this blend of the Grand Reserve,” says Delheim winemaker Altus Treurnicht. 

“Differences in the growing conditions during the winter of 2013 up to 2014 also had a huge influence on the two vintages. Ultimately, Mother Nature always has the last say when it comes to grape quality and the wine’s ageing ability. The Delheim Grand Reserve 2014 gives great recognition to the vintage of that year.”

The vines that produced the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this wine are planted in such a way as to make optimal use of the terroir and climate. The Cabernet Franc hails from a block nicknamed Vaaldraai; and, the Merlot, from Peperboom, at the foot of Klapmutskop hill.

 

The Delheim Grand Reserve 2014 is available for R285 a bottle at the Delheim winery as well as top end restaurants and wine boutiques.

For more information or direct wine orders contact Delheim Estate at Tel: 021 888 4600 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Mushroom Blewits

I was anxious travelling around Germany in magnificent autumn coloured forests, racing from one client to the next and not being able to stop to look for mushrooms.

The most exquisite wine tasting venue was Schloss Erbach (Erbach Palace) in Odenwald- a castle with one of the best preserved collections of the middle ages war armour and also a place where you are not supposed to take photos, but we did!

The last afternoon before leaving Germany, I managed to convince some friends we need to go to the forest…and this is what we found!

Wood blewits, or are they? This is how we checked to see if they were real wood blewits:

We took a piece of black paper and white paper and placed a mushroom across the two sheets. This is used to see the spore print; if it is white/light pinkish it is a wood blewit and edible. If the spore print is brown then it is not edible. Placing a glass over the mushroom prevents the spores from being blown away.

12 hours later this is what we found on the papers- a white/light pinkish spore print. A real wood blewit and it is delicious to eat!

So we live to learn more and enjoy a greater range of mushrooms! Never try a mushroom you are not 100% sure is edible.

Remember to join us for our annual Mushroom Forage in June /July where we share our stories and learn more about mushrooms.

Nora Sperling-Thiel

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Tim Atkin Report 2016

Tim Atkin Report 2016

In  his fourth annual guide to South Africa, award-winning British wine-writer and Master of Wine Tim Atkin says the 2015 vintage is “the best I’ve tasted in 26 years of writing about the country’s wines” and should be a springboard to global recognition.

Atkin's publication, which runs to almost 190 pages in 2016 and is the product of two trips to the Cape this year, as well as further tastings in the UK and Germany, includes:

  • Top wines of the year (white, red, sweet and sparkling); 
  • Scores for over 1,400 wines; 
  • 900+ tasting notes; 
  • Evocative photos of the winelands and winemakers; 
  • His 2016 classification of the 150 best South African wineries.

Here are his top scores for our Delheim Wines:

Edelspatz Noble Late Harvest 2015 - 93 points

Vera Cruz Pinotage 2013 - 93 points

Grand Reserve 2013 - 92 points

Vera Cruz Shiraz 2013 - 92 points

Pinotage 2014 - 91 points

Merlot 2013 - 90 points

More info on www.timatkin.com 

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Delheim wins a Gold Outstanding and Silver award in the 2016 International Wine and Spirit Competition

Delheim wins a Gold Outstanding and Silver award in the 2016 International Wine and Spirit Competition

Delheim is delighted to announce that we have won a Gold Outstanding and a Silver award in the 2016 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) for the Edelspatz Noble Late Harvest 2015 and Grand Reserve 2013 respectively.

Founded in 1969, the IWSC is considered to be the most prestigious competition of its kind in the world.

The awards given by the competition are believed to be among some of the highest honours in the industry. Judging for the Competition is unique in that it has two stages; first, the products are tasted blind by expert panels, selected from over 300 fully experienced and qualified industry judges. Products which receive the top medals are then subject to technical analysis before results are released; this crucial stage ensures winners receive complete validation.

Congratulations to our vineyard- and winemaking teams for once again putting quality wines into the bottle!

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Nora Sperling-Thiel to conduct series of tastings in Switzerland and Germany during September 2016

Nora Sperling-Thiel to conduct series of tastings in Switzerland and Germany during September 2016

Delheim director, Nora Sperling-Thiel, will be travelling to Switzerland and Germany at the beginning of September to attend two wine events hosted by our respective importers in each country, as well as a WOSA event in Frankfurt.

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Cape Epic rides through Delheim

Cape Epic rides through Delheim

On Saturday 19 March, the 6th stage of the gruelling ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike race winded its way through our beautiful property when Delheim played host as one of the official spectator points.

Family and supporters of the teams gathered at our scenic picnic spot behind the cellar to watch the riders pass by. The leaders arrived just before 8am, and it was truly humbling to see how these super fit athletes grinded it out on their way to complete the #8daysofcourage race! The team announcer and MC confirmed to all present that this was the most picturesque spectator point of them all!

A good time was had by all as plenty of wine, food and other drinks were on hand to keep the spectators nourished. We are very proud of our involvement in the world's toughest team mountain bike event, and hope that it will continue in years to come.

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Simonsberg fire causes major damage

Simonsberg fire causes major damage

A fire which broke out on the Simonsberg mountain on the afternoon of Tuesday 19/01/16 raged for 5 days before it was brought under control. It swept right around our beautiful mountain, destroying many hectares of indigenous "Fynbos", pine forests and vineyards. All the farms around the mountain were affected, some more than others.

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Launch of the new Grand Reserve 2013

Launch of the new Grand Reserve 2013

On Monday 26 October 2015 an esteemed group of media and trade guests attended what was essentially a very important, a very exciting and a very long overdue date in the history of our business – the launch of the new Grand Reserve 2013!

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Delheim is a proud member of the following organisations:

Wieta IPW Simonsberg Conservancy  CVC 

 

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