Wine of the Week

Nestled on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains in Stellenbosch, Delheim Estate has released the latest vintage of its flagship bottling: the Grand Reserve 2014.

Crafted vineyard-to-bottle with the intention of being the most genuine expression of the harvest, the terroir and the vines, the Delheim Grand Reserve is eagerly anticipated – and for good reason. As with the previous release, the Grand Reserve 2014 is led by Cabernet Sauvignon. Both Delheim and the Stellenbosch region are globally recognised as 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 the Cabernet with 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% 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.

‘After 16 months of maturation in French oak, the wine emerged beautifully,’ says Treurnicht. In the glass, it’s deep ruby red with aromatic notes of mulberry, cassis and spice that keep evolving, changing from red fruit to darker fruit with savoury notes. On the palate, there’s great structure and velvety tannins, with flavours of prune and red fruit that linger in the finish – just perfect to be enjoyed by itself or with a well-prepared dish of venison roast.

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 + 21 888 4600 or email info@delheim.com.