Stellenbosch Hills marks an auspicious year having just released its latest vintage Muscat de Hambourg. It was 30 years ago that the celebrated winery first produced the wine, South Africa’s only contemporary version bottled as a single cultivar.
Muscat de Hambourg 2018 shows an alluring ruby-amber hue – the colour of a sunset. Aromas of cherries and berries are accompanied by a note of Turkish delight that rolls through to a zesty palate where it is joined by the taste of sweet spice. The finish lingers long after the last sip.
“This wine has a something of a dual personality, like a superhero,” says cellarmaster PG Slabbert.
Stellenbosch Hills makes the wine in a Jerepigo style, which means fortifying the unfermented grape juice with wine spirit. “Sweeter wines have a loyal following in South Africa and are often the starting point for many newcomers to wine,” says Stellenbosch Hills winemaker James Ochse.
The Muscat de Hambourg 2018 is in its prime now, but will continue to improve with bottle maturation over the coming four to five years. The 2018 Muscat de Hambourg sells for R65/bottle and is available from the winery and its website and reputable stores and restaurants countrywide.