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Delheim Edelspatz 2020

Delheim Edelspatz 2020


Being one of the best noble rot vintages in over a decade, the wine shows classic botrytis characteristics on the nose and complimented with honey suckle, dried peaches and marmalade. The wine has a perfect balance between sugar and acid, layered with bright fruit and orange blossom.


SKU: DEH-003
Alcohol Volume: 12%
Sugar G/L: 1.63
Type of wine: Dessert Wine, White Wine
Cultivar: Riesling

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In the cellar

The grapes are picked on numerous occasions. Each parcel is sorted to make sure that only the top quality grapes are selected. These beauties are then whole bunch pressed.

In the vineyard

The grapes come from the oldest vineyard block on Delheim planted back n 1985. The maturity of the vineyards with its deep roots produces exceptional quality grapes. Located on the foot slopes in the Simonsberg mountain in a pocket where conditions are optimal for the growth of noble rot, we are privileged enough to produce an award-winning noble late harvest wine.


fermented in French oak barrels for the duration of 9 months.



Food Pairing

This will pair well with blue cheese, Gorgonzola or any mature strong cheese.

Awards and Recognition

5 Stars Platter Guide
Awarded 95 points Tim Atkin
Winemag Top 10 Dessert Wines
Part of the Old Vine Project

About the Wine Estate

Delheim is a family owned wine farm situated on the slopes of the Simonsberg mountains in Stellenbosch. Celebrating 80 years of sustainable farming and winemaking practices. Delheim is owned by the Sperling family. The late Michael Hans “Spatz” Sperling, was the Patriarch and also a South African wine industry legend. His wife Vera still resides on the farm. Eldest son Victor Sperling and eldest daughter Nora Sperling-Thiel serve as Directors of the company and live on the farm with their families. The other two children, Maria and Nicholas, live in Europe. The Simonsberg is named after the first Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, after which Stellenbosch is also named. In 1699, he granted the freehold of this piece of land to Lourenz Kamfer, a German. It was originally named De Driesprong. The farm had various owners until Mr Hans Otto Hoheisen bought it in 1938 as a retirement home for himself and his wife Deli. DELHEIM comes from the German for “Deli’s home”. Initially they only planted citrus trees, which are not really suited to Delheim because of the wind conditions – they sustained much wind damage. German friends suggested that they grow vineyards and two years later Hans Otto planted the first grape vines. The concrete tanks in the cellar were completed in 1944 by Italian prisoners-of-war. During one of Deli’s visits to friends and family in Germany, she mentioned to her nephew that they needed help on their wine farm in South Africa. This was just after the Second World War and he couldn’t see any future in Germany, so he decided to join them. This was Michael “Spatz” Sperling (Sperling is the German word for “sparrow” and Spatz means “baby sparrow”), who arrived in 1951 on the ship Winchester Castle with nothing more than £10 in his pocket. He soon took a keen interest in the few vineyards Hans Otto had planted. He knew nothing about winemaking and there were no books or winemaking schools in South Africa at that time, so he taught himself through a process of trial and error and with some help from neighbours and visiting German winemakers. Spatz began winning numerous awards and having established himself as a serious winemaker, he embarked on a series of pioneering initiatives in the South African wine industry in the decades that followed, for example creating the first “wine route” in 1971. The Stellenbosch Wine Route then had only three members and today it boasts more than 200: there are also 18 other wine routes in South Africa. In 1971, the company bought another property up the road from Delheim. With its warmer, drier climate and sandier soils it is better suited to growing super reds. This property is called Delvera in honor of Spatz’s wife, Vera. The vineyards there are called Vera Cruz – Cruz meaning “cross”, allegedly for the cross Vera has had to bear during her long marriage to Spatz!

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