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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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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

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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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