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Bottle of the week

Neil Pendock | 2015-11-04 00:06:58.0

Stellenbosch's crown prince of cabernets

Delheim Grand Reserve 2013

How much and where?

R285 from www.delheim.com and independent wine shops.

Why?

South African wine has been around for four centuries but traditional brands are in short supply. Delheim Grand Reserve has been on the scene since 1981 and this Cabernet flagship has reappeared after a four-year hiatus.

The Simonsberg estate of Delheim patriarch Spatz Sperling has been making benchmark Cabernets for 60 years. Stellenbosch styles itself the Kingdom of Cabernet and this wine is a worthy crown prince: a balance of wood and dark fruit with a plush train.

Rating: ****

***** Queen Maxima

**** Prince Harry

*** Rama IX

** RuPaul

* Fergie

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