Chenin blanc takes flight again in Delheim’s latest Wild Ferment

Sep 3, 2018

Chenin blanc takes flight again in Delheim’s latest Wild Ferment

Bobbejaan & Ou Jong Steen produce yet another glowing ambassador for holistic farming

The latest vintage of Delheim Chenin Blanc Wild Ferment is out! The fourth vintage of this wine is renowned for the sublime intensity of flavour and aroma. The Chenin Blanc Wild Ferment 2017 forms part of a distinctive portfolio of well-crafted wines. In the glass, the wine shows a vibrant colour of pale straw with a green hue. Its sensory character is reminiscent of barley, apricots and peaches, underpinned by well-balanced acidity and oak. On the palate, citrus emerges and lingers.

In addition to its spontaneous fermentation by indigenous yeast, the wine is matured in 500 litres French oak barrels to emphasize depth of flavour on the palate. The approach has made every new vintage of Delheim Chenin Blanc Wild Ferment enthusiastically anticipated by the wine-loving public.

The wine is a calling card for the Stellenbosch stalwart’s environmental focus. As a WWF-SA Conservation Champion, Delheim is acknowledged as an industry leader for its commitment to conservation, responsible production practices, 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.

Among its initiatives, Delheim uses a bio-natural water management plant that recycles all cellar waste water on the farm; takes care to preserve substantial tracts of mountain fynbos and promote a healthy bio-diversity.

From this heritage is born the Delheim Chenin Blanc Wild Ferment.

The harvest of 2017 delivered fruit-forward wines. The Chenin blanc fruit stems from two vineyard blocks – Bobbejaan, named for the baboons that used to regularly raid these vines; and, Ou Jong Steen, where some rows were planted one year prior to the other. The former block is 15 years old, the latter, 30 years.

Grapes from each were harvested at different ripening stages and their fruit treated differently in the cellar – one whole-bunch pressed, the other destemmed and crushed. The juice was settled for one day still containing particles as this was settled by gravity. It was racked, where the juice was allowed to ferment by indigenous strains of yeast, naturally occurring in the cellar environment and vineyards. By allowing a variety of strains to ferment the juice, along with ageing of the wine on its fine lees, contribute to the unique character of flavours and aroma that result in the beautiful Delheim Chenin Blanc Wild Ferment.

The Delheim Chenin Blanc Wild Ferment 2017 will pair well with servings of herb-crusted goat’s cheese, oyster mushrooms and southeast Asian-inspired dishes. For vegetarian dishes, try this wine with wild mushroom risotto or mustard and honey-glazed carrots. Delheim Garden Restaurant likes to pair this with Masala Chicken Salad.

The Delheim Chenin Blanc Wild Ferment 2017 is available from the winery, on the wine lists of numerous fine restaurants and at leading wine retailers. It is priced to sell from R125/bottle.

For more information, visit or contact Delheim on or 021 888 4600. Also find Delheim on Facebook, Twitter @Delheim and Instagram @delheimwines.

Delheim Estate is in the Simonsberg sub-region of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes, on the Knorhoek Road, off the R44.