Harvest Report by winemaker, Roelof Lotriet

Feb 6, 2019

Harvest Report by winemaker, Roelof Lotriet

Two weeks ago we kicked off our harvest season by picking the beautifully ripened Pinotage. Now, our cellars are working full steam to produce our known and adored Rosé under Roelof Lotriet’s command.

It’s Roelof’s first year making wine at Delheim and we are proud to introduce him.

A word from Roelof

“It’s always been important for me to work at a family owned wine estate, those are the wineries that pioneered the wine industry and will continue to do so for generations to come. To be given the opportunity to be the custodian of a well-established and historic wine estate like Delheim was an opportunity that I couldn’t say no to.

Having worked for some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon wineries in Stellenbosch and my love for Chenin Blanc made Delheim the absolute perfect fit for me.

I’m excited to be working with a wonderful team that also share the same passion for wine as I do and can only hope that my time at Delheim will be one that creates exciting wines and good stories.”

Roelof’s thoughts on the harvest

The 2019 harvest is looking promising with a cool December and January and the odd downpour of rain. The white grapes and the Pinotage blocks we use for the Pinotage Rosé have developed phenomenal flavours because of this.

The yields are looking good for almost all of the varietals. If the weather plays along like this with the cool summer nights and warm days, then I can’t wait to see how the red grapes develop.