Located in a magical setting on the slopes of the Simonsberg in Stellenbosch, Delheim Wine Estate invites lingering visits for so many reasons – tastings in the atmospheric subterranean cellar (R25 for six wines), riverside picnics, alfresco lunches on the terrace taking in the glorious views, and generally soaking up the wonderful sense of heritage that is at the heart of this family-owned farm. But the Sperlings have kept up with the times, too. Their expansive wine ranges have been reorganised and the packaging given a fresh new look – we love the clean, modern label. We also love the newly released Delheim Shiraz 2012 (R103) from the Family Range. Not surprising that it’s winemaker Reg Holder’s ‘preferred cultivar to work with, largely for its natural fruit and performance with minimal oak’. This is a big, luscious, juicy Shiraz with beautiful tannic balance. Its subtle spiciness makes it a winner with Moroccan and Turkish food, from mezze spreads and lamb tagines to rich aubergine dishes. Of course, you can also simply open a bottle and enjoy a glass or few just so. Cheers!