“Not all wines are meant to improve with age and most are produced to be market-ready once they’re bottled,” says winemaker Roelof Lotriet of Stellenbosch’s Delheim estate.

“Delheim’s Old World heritage defines our more classic approach and the reason behind our balanced portfolio of well-made easy-drinking wines and those that will only get better with age.” With the latest release of new vintages, Delheim again highlights the value in crafting time-honoured wines. It’s a heritage begun by Papa Spatz Sperling nearly 80 years ago at this property on the slopes of Stellenbosch’s Simonsberg – and which continues with his son Victor and daughter Nora still actively involved in the day-to-day running of the estate.

For wine lovers looking to replenish stocks after the damage done by the lockdown, they might consider a trio of Delheim’s new vintage releases. Two of them – the Vera Cruz Pinotage 2017 and Edelspatz 2019 dessert wine were both rated 95/100 by British wine critic Tim Atkin in his South Africa Special Report. (The 2016 Vera Cruz Pinotage was one of the Absa Top 10 laureates for 2020.) Rounding out the trio is the 2019 Chardonnay Sur Lie which will mature well, like the other two.

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