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Badsberg NLH 2009 vs Delheim Edelspatz NLH 2013

Designating Noble Late Harvest as “dessert wine” is a pity as it means that consumption become unduly restricted. I like the Bordelais custom of serving a glass of Sauternes with foie gras pâté to welcome guests at formal functions in Bordeaux and taking our cue from this, we opened Badsberg Noble Late Harvest 2009 as [...]

December 8, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Delheim Vera Cruz Pinotage 2012

Stellenbosch cellar Delheim recently released a maiden Pinotage 2012 (R310 a bottle) to its flagship Vera Cruz range, the wine having already earned the accolade of placing among the 2014 ABSA Top Ten winners. Grapes come from a 18-year-old bushvine block on the Vera Cruz property about three kilometres from Delheim, this land acquired by [...]

September 3, 2014
by Christian
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Oremus Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos 2005

The South African Sommelier Association, formed in 2010 “to help uplift and promote the service of wine in South Africa”, holds regular benchmark tastings for its members. Yesterday, sweet wines of the world, 14 wines roughly divided by production technique into four flights, tasted blind. Could those assembled identify grape variety and place of origin [...]

February 25, 2014
by Christian
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Delheim Grand Reserve 2006

I’ve tended to be unimpressed with Stellenbosch reds from the 2006 vintage – most appearing slight and gawky but Grand Reserve 2006 from Delheim over the weekend proved to be lovely. A blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot, it was matured for 17 months in French oak, 100% new. Red and black fruit, [...]

July 15, 2013
by Christian
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Delheim Vera Cruz Shiraz 2009

The Vera Cruz Shiraz 2009 from Delheim in Stellenbosch rates 5 Stars in Platter’s 2013. It was made by Brenda van Niekerk who was replaced by Reg Holder at the beginning of the year and Holder was keen to get some feedback on where he wants to take this wine, made from a 2.9ha bushvine [...]

November 16, 2012
by Christian
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Muratie Ronnie Melck Shiraz 2009

Stellenbosch is supposedly “Cab country” but turn off the R44 heading towards Wellington onto Knorhoek Road and  it’s the Shiraz which really seems to shine. Carl van der Merwe used to make an outstanding version at Quoin Rock before his move to DeMorgenzon while Delheim has just had its Vera Cruz 2009 rated 5 Stars [...]

November 5, 2012
by Christian
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Knorhoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

I recall that on joining Wine magazine back in March 2000, one of the wines causing a stir at the time was the maiden vintage Knorhoek Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 on the basis of a rating of 4½ Stars, as reported on in the category tasting that appeared in the April 2000 issue. Since then, however, [...]

October 26, 2010
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Delheim Spatzendreck 2008

Just learnt that the man behind Stellenbosch winery Delheim and doyen of the industry, Michael “Spatz” Sperling celebrates his 80th birthday on Monday 19 July 2010. Sperling arrived in South Africa in 1951 to help Hans Hoheisen, husband of  his mother’s cousin Del, with the farming of the property originally known as De Driesprong and [...]

July 14, 2010
by Christian
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