Delheim Wine Estate, a Stellenbosch stalwart nestled on the slopes of the Simonsberg, strikes a fresh new pose with the release of its latest wine duo from its ever-popular Family Range – the richly layered Shiraz 2012 and unwooded Chardonnay 2013.
The new, elegant and altogether more striking appearance of this high quality range portrays the heritage and prestige of this time honoured estate that is the pride and joy of the Sperling family.
The Delheim Shiraz 2012 stems from 9- and 17-year-old trellised vineyards, set in ideal soil on the Simonsberg foothills, which are situated a little further inland with cool night temperatures, adding to the delicious intensity of the fruit.
The 2012 vintage is a full wine that charms with a luscious bouquet of plums, black cherries, flowers and subtle spice on the nose. A juicy, concentrated palate, packed with blackberries, lingers with a liquorice aftertaste.
The wine spent 13 months in a combination of oak barrels (of which 15 percent were new) and reveals smooth, soft tannins that make it immediately accessible, but patience will be rewarded as a more complex taste is revealed over the next three years.
Delheim Wine Estate, a Stellenbosch stalwart nestled on the slopes of the Simonsberg, strikes a fresh new pose with the release of its latest wine duo from its ever-popular Family Range.
The Delheim Shiraz 2012 is a stellar choice when paired with pot roasts, venison, hearty bredies and mature cheddar. Reg suggests you try it with Moroccan-style lamb; a slow-braaied lamb rib, rubbed with coriander, salt and pepper, or a grilled Oryx fillet served with a plum jus, garlic baby potatoes and roast veg.
The Delheim Chardonnay 2013, which derives from 15-year-old vines on the farm, burst with a perfect balance of fresh intensity, vibrant citrus and summer fruit notes.
The Delheim Chardonnay 2013 goes well with a cream-based exotic mushroom tagliatelle; steamed crayfish, or a chicken salad sprinkled with mango and macadamia nuts. You could also try it with snoek fishcakes served with grilled sweet potato wedges.
The Delheim Shiraz 2012 retails from R103 per bottle, whilst the Delheim Chardonnay 2013 retails from R77 per bottle. The wines are available directly from the estate or at selected wine outlets and supermarkets countrywide.