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How creative can you get with a Wine and Food pairing? Creative, very creative when it comes to Delheim. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when the marketing department blurted out; “Let’s do a wine and cupcake pairing, nobody else does.” Well, the Hermanus Wine Club experienced one of the most unusual and excellent wine tastings, presented by Delheim.

High on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain, lies the family-owned Delheim estate. Delheim is owned by the Sperling family. The eldest son, Victor Sperling, and daughter, Nora Sperling-Thiel, serve as Directors of the company and live on the farm with their families. It was Victor who entertained the Hermanus Wine Club and delivered one unforgettable Wine & Food pairing.

The farm was founded by Michael “Spatz” Sperling (Sperling is the German word for “sparrow” and Spatz means “baby sparrow”), who arrived in 1951 on the ship Winchester Castle with nothing more than £10 in his pocket. He realised that cultivating fruit and vegetables was not going to work and replaced these with vines. Spatz knew nothing about winemaking and there were no books or winemaking schools in South Africa at that time, so he taught himself through a process of trial and error and with some help from neighbours and visiting German winemakers. He created the first “wine route” in 1971.

The wine and cupcake tasting includes a pomegranate cupcake matched with Delheim Pinotage Rosé. A rooibos cupcake infused with lemon and topped with a cream-cheese-and-honey icing is paired with the Delheim Chenin Blanc Wild Ferment. The Delheim Pinotage was paired with a pumpkin-and-vanilla cupcake infused with star anise, cinnamon and nutmeg. And, last but not least, a traditional African Makataan cupcake was paired with the Delheim Gewürztraminer.

It was a fun evening and the winner with the biggest orders placed, won a dinner for 4 at Delheim.