17 September 2017

Delvera - Delheim's New Entry Level Wine Brand

Delvera is ‘a new concept, entry level’ brand range to be introduced by Delheim winery in conjunction with Muse Wine Agency.

I tasted both Delvera Pinotage 2017 and Delheim Pinotage 2016 at Intrepid London. Delvera has less wooding, is bright purple and is approachable, light bodied but with some grip on the finish.

Delheim Pinotage 2016 is tighter than the Delvera with sweet fruit backed by wood with grip on the finish. I was told it spent 14 months in small and large French oak barrels. It has probably just been bottled, as according to Delheim’s website the 2015 was bottled in September 2016 and the 2014 in October 2015. There’s no sheet yet for the 2016 vintage.   .

Delvera is merges Delheim and Vera, Vera being the wife of Delheim’s patriarch Spatz Sperling. 

Vera is also referred to in Delheim’s top single vintage Pinotage, Vera Cruz –   Vera’s cross being Spatz! The 2015 Vera Cruz Pinotage needs more time as it is still tight and closed and I reckon this also has just been bottled.

Delvera is also the name of Delheim’s nearby agri-village on the R44  with  shops, arts & crafts and restaurants.

The Delvera label pictured above is a mock-up prepared for the show and is not   finalised. I don’t know the meaning of the sheep, but I do know Delheim’s Pinotages make a good partner for lamb recipes.  


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