Stellenbosch Hills marks an
auspicious year having just released its latest vintage Muscat de Hambourg.
The Stellenbosch Hills 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.
Developed in Germany, Muscat
de Hambourg is a cultivar derived from a cross of Muscat d’Alexandrie and
Frankenthal. 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. “We
often have visitors to the tasting room who eagerly share their nostalgia of
the Muscat de Hambourg; everyone has a story.”
Far from Constantia, where two
spectacular dessert wines, much celebrated in literature and drunk by Napoleon
on far away St Helena, today still cause people to swoon with delight, this
well priced sticky will appeal—drink it cold, in small glasses—many small