Delheim has always been famous for its tasting room pairing of bespoke cupcakes with its wines. Now, the experience goes next-level with an all-new twist of this evergreen favourite that puts the Cape's famous Floral Kingdom and the Stellenbosch stalwart's eco-friendly winemaking front-and-centre. This is Delheim's Wine & Fynbos Cupcake Pairing - the latest addition that employs an entirely new range of fynbos-inspired cupcakes to showcase the excellence of Delheim wines. Significantly, the experience launches in the most floral month of the year and just the day to celebrate South Africa's unique treasures: September 24, National Heritage Day.
The new offering makes a fitting addition to Delheim, which is home to the Boland Granite fynbos type and has long been an ambassador for eco-friendly farm practice and sustainable winemaking.
The fynbos honey cupcake was created using locally-produced Cape coast honey and icing that is cream cheese with honey-based. It is paired with Delheim Merlot and highlights the wine's red fruit flavours. Notes of blueberries and plums fit sublimely with the sweet honey of the baked treat.
The honeybush cupcake incorporates fine grade honeybush tea leaves and a plain cream icing, and is paired with the Delheim Chardonnay Sur Lie. The wine's flavours of apple, citrus, stone fruit and a touch of oak and minerality blend in unison withthose in the cupcake – sweet and fruity notes of floral blooms with vegetative tinge.
A buchu cupcake was developed using a highly concentrated tincture by Durban-based herballaboratory Phyto-Force. The icing is cream cheese and lemon-based, which adds a zing that fits perfectly when served with the Delheim Gewurztraminer. The wine is known for its aromas of orange blossom, Turkish delight and lychee on a backdrop of citrus zest and is a fine partner to the fresh, crisp bite of buchu.
The rooibos cupcake features extracted rooibos espresso as an ingredient and is topped with icing of cream cheese and cinnamon. The creation is paired with Delheim Pinotage, which shows clove, Asian spice and dark berry flavours with a nuance of oak.
The natural character of the pairing components – the fynbos-inspired cupcakes and wines – are the thin edge of the wedge of environmental thoughtfulness that has been part of Delheim recipe for decades. The farm's first environmental management plan was written in 1976. In the context of especially fynbos conservation, contributions by Delheim and farms like it have been invaluable. Fynbos is a sub-set of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest of the six Floral Kingdoms in the world, and the only one entirely contained within a single country. According to the SA National Biodiversity Institute, over one third of all plant species in the country occur in the Cape Floral Kingdom. The organisation adds however that "distressingly, some three-quarters of all plants in the South African Red Data Book occur in the Cape Floral Kingdom: 1 700 plant species are threatened to some extent with extinction". As a WWF-SA Conservation Champion, Delheim is acknowledged as an industry leader for its commitment to conservation, responsible production practices, integrated environmental management systems. It is also a founder member of the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy under Cape Nature's stewardship programme, actively participating in protection and conservation.
Among its initiatives, Delheim uses a bio-natural water management plant that recycles all cellar waste water on the farm; takes care to preserve substantial tracts of mountain fynbos and promote a bio-diversity; and, encourages parasitic insects to control pests in the vineyards. The result has led to Delheim being home to 120 different species of indigenous plants and animals.
Among Delheim's other environmental highlights, an assortment of carefully developed dams, ponds and waterways have promoted a rich diversity of bird-life. There is a pair of breeding Blue Cranes on the farm while African Fish Eagles are regular visitors. On the Klapmutskop, which forms part of Delheim's Vera Cruz property, a 300-year old yellowwood was discovered and is recorded as the oldest tree in an indigenous yellowwood forest in the country. Another protected plant, the Silver Tree, occurs naturally at Delheim and Delheim data shows the recovery of its endangered Renosterveld – another endangered component of the Cape Floral Kingdom.
The Delheim Wine & Fynbos Cupcake Pairing is available at R120 per person. Bookings are preferred while the experience for walk-in visitors is subject to availability. Reservation is essential for groups larger than nine people. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org.