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 July 2016
We are already halfway through the year and would like to take a moment to share the following happenings at Delheim with you:
  • Celebrating 40 years of Pinotage Rosé
  • #Stellenblog event
  • Harvest report
  • Mushroom Forage highlights
  • Awards
  • Upcoming events
Pinotage Rosé 2016
As the pioneer of South Africa’s first Pinotage Rosé, Delheim celebrates the 40th anniversary of its world-renowned rosé with the 2016 vintage.
My father, Spatz Sperling, left a rosy legacy by giving the country its first rosé wine dedicated to the proudly South African Pinotage varietal four decades ago. This year we pay tribute to this pioneering feat and it is only fitting that we give our Rosé a mini facelift on its 40th birthday. A classy, crisp look that is now on par with that of our other wines,” shares Nora Sperling-Thiel.
Reminiscent of a perky spring breeze, the profile of the 2016 vintage – a blend of 96% Pinotage and 4% Muscat de Frontignan – is however, still distinctly unique and widely popular with complex raspberry, strawberry and pomegranate notes infused with fresh floral undertones. Radiant with a pale, candy floss hue, the palate shows ripe summer berry concentration with the splash of Muscat balancing crisp acidity and red berry sweetness with a juicy fruit character that leads to a refreshing finish. The Delheim Pinotage Rosé 2016 will keep well for a few years and pairs perfectly with smoked salmon, sushi, sweet desserts, savoury pastries and slightly spicy, aromatic cuisine such as mild curries and Thai dishes. It also balances the richness of creamy salads.
It is available from our cellardoor, website and leading retailers for R60 per bottle.
#Stellenblog Event 
Delheim was honoured to be part of the 3rd annual #Stellenblog event held in April. Started in 2014, #Stellenblog forms part of the Stellenbosch Experience campaign, initiated by Destinate, in partnership with Stellenbosch Wine Routes and Stellenbosch 360, in order to grow Stellenbosch’s tourism.
During the week of 18 to 22 April 2016, bloggers from South Africa and abroad stayed at a Stellenbosch wine farm and were given the opportunity to experience the Stellenbosch way of life.
Bloggers visited Delheim for a full moon mushroom forage and were treated to a private dinner with Nora Sperling-Thiel after their hunt.
We received wonderful feedback from the bloggers, you can read the blogs below on some of their experiences:
Harvest Report
Our winemaker, Altus Treurnicht, (3rd from the right, back row) pictured here with the rest of the cellar team, shares his thoughts with us on the 2016 harvest:
"When I reflect back on this harvest, two things come to mind:
  1. The difficult growing conditions in which the vines had to ripen their fruit due to water scarcity and above average temperatures which occurred from October 2015 right until mid-February 2016, with January being one of the hottest months.
  2. The dreadful fire in January which took almost 2 weeks to bring under control - an event producers around the Simonsberg area will remember for some time to come.
Above average temperatures and the low soil moisture under dryland conditions, due to low rainfall levels during the winter months, resulted in harvest starting even earlier than last year.
We started the 2016 harvest by picking the “Varkplaas” (Pig Farm) Pinotage on 14/01/2016. The wine from these grapes was blended together with other batches to produce the 40th vintage of our famed Pinotage Rosé.
From the vineyard samples we collected prior to harvest, it was evident that the weight of the berries was lighter compared to 2015. The value differs between cultivars, but in the above-mentioned vineyard a decrease of 20 grams per 50 berries was detected compared to grapes picked on the same day last year!
Our last picking (Cabernet Sauvignon) came in later than last year, on 24 March. This was due to the fact that day and night temperatures dropped from mid-February onwards, slowing down the ripening process. The occurrence of pest and diseases were limited due to the dry weather conditions.
The dry conditions also made it necessary to do juice adjustments as early as possible, before alcoholic fermentation. In some cases, the white grapes which in the past had high natural acidities, needed adjustments.
We’ve done a lot of selective picking this year to ensure that grapes were harvested at optimum ripeness and to eliminate any berries with sunburn. In the cellar, we’ve done a significant amount of whole bunch pressing to ensure that we yield only the best quality juice for fermentation. 
The potential alcohol of the white and red wines this year is lower compared to previous years. Due to the smaller berry size of the red grapes, we are optimistic about the quality and believe that this will be a vintage that will produce age-worthy red wines.
This year will be remembered by all of us as THE one that had its own unique challenges, not only in the vineyard, but also in the cellar."
Mushroom Forage Highlights
The heavens opened and poured out some much-needed rain in the area. Mushroom enthusiasts descended on Delheim from 16 - 17 June for the first weekend of wild mushroom hunts. The weekends have become increasingly popular as foragers brave cold and wet to scour the private forest for these scrumptious delicacies.
Led by our very own Nora Sperling-Thiel and Gary Goldman, the “Mushroom Fundi”, guests departed on a guided walk and were taught how to identify edible and inedible fungi. To reward their hunting skills, they were treated to a delectable mushroom-inspired three-course lunch.
This event has become a fast favourite and sells out quickly. We hope to see you next year in order to expand your fungi palate.
Delheim is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2016. The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence recognizes and honours hospitality businesses that have earned good traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. These establishments have continually delivered a quality customer experience.
Achieving this award means Delheim consistently receives good ratings and adulation from visitors. Thank you to every one of our visitors who have experienced our warm hospitality and excellent service to make your visit memorable.
At the recent Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, our Pinotage 2014 and Edelspatz 2015 were both awarded silver medals. The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show is South Africa’s premier wine competition that recognises the top local wines and winemakers, and honours excellence in the wine industry. 
Upcoming Events
Glühwein Trail Run
Keep warm and active during winter and what better way to reward yourself after a run than a soothing glass of glühwein?
Join us for a run that is truly worth the journey!
Date: 24 July
Registration: From 07:45
Distances & Start Times: 13km- 09:15 | 8km- 09:30
Pre-entries close on Tuesday, 19 July
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Garden Restaurant –

Jazz & Cheese Fondues
Our famous Jazz and Cheese Fondues are back and will be warming up your winter Sundays from 10 July to 28 August.
Cosy up in the downstairs cellar and enjoy jazzy beats from the band, a glass of glühwein and a mouth-watering cheese fondue pot shared with loved ones for an afternoon to remember.
Date: Every Sunday from 10 July 2016 until 28 August 2016
Time: 12:30 – 15:30
Cost: R200pp
Bookings Essential. E:  T: 021 888 4607
Buy Our Wine
You do not need to visit our tasting room in order to buy our wines at cellardoor prices. Our website has an e-commerce facility, allowing our customers in South Africa to freely obtain our wines with the click of a button! To make use of this facility, please click here. It's safe, secure and easy to use.
As always, thank you for your visits and continued support over more than 65 years.
The Sperling Family and the Delheim Team 
T: +27 (0) 21 888 4600 E:
Knorhoek Rd - R44 | PO Box 210, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 7599

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