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Delheim Iconoclast 2012

Delheim Estate, in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation on the slopes of the Simonsberg, recently released a once-off and super exclusive Cape Blend that celebrates the life of the late Spatz Sperling. Called Iconoclast, the Delheim Iconoclast 2012 vintage is a tribute to the South African wine pioneer, Michael ‘Spatz’ Sperling and his fearless challenge of conventional wisdoms.

Shiraz, the lead grape in the blend

Iconoclast is a blend of four varieties, although not typical of a Cape Blend, which commonly uses no less than about 35% Pinotage as the lead variety. The Delheim Iconoclast 2012 is Shiraz-driven [20 year old bushvines], a quirk that would have made Spatz smile not only for being contrary to the mainstream, but also because Shiraz was his favourite red wine. The other components are Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Pinotage.

The Sperlings of Delheim

The wines were separately vinified and made in the traditional way with regular punch downs for maximum extraction of flavours and soft tannins. Maturation occurred over 18 months in 300 litre French oak barrels, of which 40% was new oak.

Plums by Julian Merrow-Smith

From a Burgundy shaped bottle, closed with natural cork and red wax. The label is simple and elegant and has Spatz’s brown veld hat on it. In the glass, the wine is a dark bloodplum at the heart which pales out to ruby at the edges. Aromas are the expected berries, cherries, plums, fynbos herbaceousness and a whiff of cherry tobacco. The palate excites from entry with a lovely line of refreshing acidity running through it. The tannins are ‘iron fist, velvet glove and will assist with the ageing of the wine if cool cellared for a couple of years. The mid palate is generous, each of the different grape types bringing its own flavours. An impressive glass. The retail price of the wine is R1000 per bottle. Only 2100 bottles of Iconoclast were produced. This wine scored 94/100 points in the 2019 South Africa Special Report by internationally acclaimed British wine critic Tim Atkin, British Master of Wine (MW).

Steak Diane by Roberta Muir of

Definitely a food wine, good idea to chill the Delheim Iconoclast 2012 for about 30 minutes before service. Good with lusty vegetarian dishes, any red meat off the braai, from a pan, under the grill, or in a casserole.

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Delheim Estate is in the Simonsberg sub-region of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes, on the Knorhoek Road, off the R44.

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