The clean, positive aromas of the Delheim Pinotage is filled with fresh red fruits, some pears, and maybe even a little melon. As with the aromas, the flavors of the Delheim Pinotage are primarily strawberries and red fruits. The acidity creates a clean, crisp finish and an overall nice balance. This medium-bodied wine isn't too dry or too sweet, making a good wine for a lot of different dishes and occasions.
Color & Clarity
This 2008 Delheim Pinotage Rosé has medium depth of color and nice clarity. The color is reminiscent of strawberries.
The clean, positive aromas of the Delheim Pinotage is filled with fresh red fruits, some pears, and maybe even a little melon.
As with the aromas, the flavors of the Delheim Pinotage are primarily strawberries and red fruits. The acidity creates a clean, crisp finish and an overall nice balance. This medium-bodied wine isn't too dry or too sweet, making a good wine for a lot of different dishes and occasions.
Pairing Delheim Pinotage Rose with Cheeses
- Cheddar Cheese: I enjoyed pairing Delheim Pinotage Rose with cheddar cheese and would have this again.
- Swiss Cheese: The Pinotage brought out the nuttiness of the swiss while the sweet, berry flavors of the Rosé were emphasized.
- Aged Gouda: This pairing brought out a lot of surprising tingling on my tongue from the Rosé
- Aged Parmesan: Like the swiss cheese, the aged Parmesan brought out the sweet berry flavors of the Delheim Pinotage
- Chevre: The Rosé tasted very bitter when paired with chevre and I wouldn't put it together with other goat cheeses, either.
Pairing Delheim Pinotage Rose with Meats
- Chorizo Salami: This is a neutral pairing and I expect the Delheim Pinotage Rose would do about as well with other, similar meats.
- Salmon Burger: This wine goes quite nicely with salmon, with its fruit flavors coming out more than usual.
- Chicken Sausage: Pinotage Rose with chicken sausage is only a neutral pairing.
Pairing Delheim Pinotage Rose with Main Dishes
- Roast Turkey with Gravy, Stuffing: On the whole this is a neutral pairing, though both the turkey and the rosé become more aromatic when brought together so I think some people will enjoy it.
- Shrimp Cocktail: Pinotage Rosé goes well with shrimp cocktail, but it's not a stellar combination.
- Italian Pasta Salad: This is a poor-to-neutral combination — although the Delheim Pinotage Rose seems like a great wine for summer and picnics, it goes poorly with some summer and picnic foods. Among these are sweeter pasta salads.
The original Delheim winery was established on land purchased by Hans Otto Hoheisen in 1938, who first planted grape vines there in 1940. Today it's a premier maker of wines in South Africa, creating everything from Chardonnay to Shiraz.
Pinotage is a unique South African grape with unique flavors — so unique, in fact, that it has a disputed reputation in South Africa where so many have worked so long to be as European as possible. Wine made from Pinotage grapes can be a bit strong, so the sweeter rosé is made possible through the addition of Muscat grapes.