Delheim Vaaldraai Cabernet Franc 2014

Delheim has launched its first single-variety Cabernet Franc, named Vaaldraai after the vineyard which supplied the grapes and very nicely judged it is, too. Matured for nine months in 6 500-litre foudre before a further six months in older casks, it shows roses and violets before red fruit and just a little spice. The palate […]

November 14, 2017
by Christian
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Delheim’s Spatz Sperling dies

The Sperling family of Delheim in Stellenbosch have announced the passing of Michael Hans ‘Spatz’ Sperling earlier this morning at the age of 87. Sperling arrived in South Africa as a 20-year-old from Germany in 1951 to join his uncle Hans Hoheisen and aunt Del and over the next 60 years, grew this farm on […]

October 8, 2017
by Christian
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Marthélize Tredoux: In praise of lighter reds and rosé

I don’t mind sharing with you that last week was arguably the crappiest of the entire year so far. I’d compare the last couple of days to a papercut. Between your toes. Nothing that would kill you but unbearable, unpleasant and downright unnecessary. But I won’t turn the post into a diary entry of a […]

November 9, 2015
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Delheim Grand Reserve 1984

Prior to the unveiling of the 2013 vintage of Grand Reserve from Stellenbosch cellar Delheim, a tasting of the 1984, 1987, 1991, 1999, 2001, 2006 and 2007 vintages. And it was the 1984, which stole the show. Made by Kevin Arnold, now of Waterford, the wine is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% […]

October 27, 2015
by Christian
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Delheim Grand Reserve 2013

The maiden vintage1981 Grande Reserve from Stellenbosch property Delheim was conceived in order to set a new standard for South African reds. Cabernet Sauvignon always dominates but small portions of the other Bordeaux varieties have been included in some vintages. In recent times, Delheim has undergone a change of regime with winemaker Reg Holder and […]

October 27, 2015
by Christian
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Delheim Pinotage Rosé 2015

Should wine commentary be more populist? More rosé? More top 10 winelands picnic spots? My contention is that broad-base lifestyle media provides this kind of information more than adequately so no need for a website dedicated to fine wine to duplicate it. The problem with rosé for me is not that it’s generally bad but […]

September 22, 2015
by Christian
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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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