Delheim

If you are looking for a Sunday lunch spot in a nice setting, Delheim has a beautiful Garden Restaurant where you can eat outside in summer, or, in the 'Downstairs' cellar in winter.

The farm is owned by the Sperling family. Well-known in the wine industry, retired Michael Hans Sperling, still resides on the farm with his wife. Two of their children are directors of the company and also reside on the farm.

I feel that the farm has done as well as it has due to their amazing wines. Their Grand Reserve (released in 1981) has won numerous awards, but it is their rosé that sparks my interest. Delheim produced the well-liked Pintotage Rosé in 1976 and it was the first of it's kind to be introduced in South Africa. They have a variety of good white, red, rosé and dessert wines.

In my opinion, their restaurant has really upped it's game, moving to more of a fine-dining restaurant with a range of South African and German food. With the introduction of a new chef, Bruce von Pressentin in October 2015, the restaurant seems to be thriving.

We decided to share a starter, as everything looked good and we weren't sure how much food we had space for. We started with the Pan-fried duck breast for R85 (see below). It came with a carrot and cumin purée, pancetta, grilled nectarines, toasted flaked almonds, rocket, and a duck fat and lemon vinaigrette. We paired that with the suggested wine, which was a glass of Chardonnay Sur Lie (R45).

Delheim's beautiful garden
Delheim's beautiful garden
Pan-fried duck breast and Chardonnay
Pan-fried duck breast and Chardonnay

For the main course, I decided on another starter, as the first one was nice. I had the Earl Grey hot-smoked salmon trout for R70 (see below). It was served with a Battered salmon trout with pea salsa verde, tartare sauce, avocado, radish and crispy matchstick potatoes. It was as good as it looks!

Gary had an equally-tasty dish - the Panko crumbed slow-braised pork neck for R135 (see below). It was served with parsley potato purée, sauerkraut, charred cauliflower, zwiebelkuchen crisp and pork jus. He paired that with the suggested glass of Shiraz for R28.

Earl Grey hot-smoked salmon trout
Earl Grey hot-smoked salmon trout
Panko crumbed slow-braised pork neck
Panko crumbed slow-braised pork neck

We couldn't squeeze in a dessert, but they do have some super interesting options, like the Passionfruit and mango frozen parfait, which is served with a vanilla and lemon crumb, meringue, deep-fried mint, and fresh passion fruit coulis (R55). Or, there was the Valrhona chocolate terrine with peanut butter mousse, hazelnut honeycomb, roasted banana and freeze-dried yogurt crisp (R65). I saw someone at the next table eating this and it looked stunning!

The Delheim estate also offers picnics and a cupcake and wine tasting, which sounds great. Think we'll try that soon! 

Contact: +27 (0) 21 888 4600
Email: info@delheim.com
Address: Knorhoek Road (off the R44), Stellenbosch, 7600
Website: http://www.delheim.com/

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