Eco-champion estate’s top-seller hits the spot with quality and price
There’s a new edition of everyone’s favourite go-to wine from Delheim. Crafted by the Stellenbosch estate for decades, the blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon is much loved for being both delicious and a likeable all-rounder that suits any event.
No surprise then that the blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, which is part of the estate’s Lifestyle Range, is Delheim’s top-selling wine. Every new vintage is keenly awaited by bon vivants especially eager to bolster their winter supplies with a wine recognised for its consistent excellence and quality.
“This blend offers the best of both worlds,” says Delheim winemaker Roelof Lotriet of the 2017 vintage wine. “Its aroma is loaded with typical Shiraz spice and complemented by the mature tobacco leaf notes of the Cabernet Sauvignon.
“It’s lovely and juicy, with flavours of plums and cherries. Every sip lingers with bright red fruit,” says Lotriet. “It’s just perfect for the braai and hearty dishes.
“Always keep a couple of bottles in the wine rack for the next occasion,” he adds.
Vegan-friendly, the wine is also a good partner to dishes featuring mushrooms – an ingredient Delheim has also become famous for. The estate is a prominent educator on edible fungi through its curated foraging excursions into the forest on the farm.
In fact, mushroom mania returns to Delheim in Autumn and Winter this year with sumptuous mushroom-inspired recipes on the menu at the estate’s Garden Restaurant. The annual forage this year – available exclusively to Delheim Wine Club members – is scheduled for June 15 and 16 (weather permitting), and booking is required.
But mushrooms are just the thin edge of the wedge when it comes to Delheim and matriarch Nora Thiel’s focus on the farm’s long natural heritage.
Delheim’s first environmental management plan was written in 1976, so it will come as no surprise the farm has become a haven for fynbos flora and fauna.
As a WWF-SA Conservation Champion, Delheim is acknowledged as an industry leader for its commitment to conservation, responsible production practices and 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.
At the same time, it has sought to showcase this focus through products like the popular Chenin Blanc Wild Ferment and its unique pairing of wines and fynbos-inspired cupcakes, available at the Delheim tasting room.
The 2017 Delheim Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon is easily available at most wine retailers and restaurants countrywide and sells from the winery too at only R85/bottle.