Stellenbosch Hills Winery is in the heart of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation at Vlottenburg. The Winery has access to Muscat de Hambourg aka Black Hambourg. Interesting that this grape has been grown for centuries in a greenhouse at Hampton Court Palace.
This wine, the only one of its kind in South Africa, has been given a new look in a bottle which shows off its superb, deep, translucent, garnet colour.
Originally developed in Germany, Muscat de Hambourg is a variety derived from a cross between Muscat d’Alexandrie and the grape Chasselas de Jérusalem from Frankenthal in the Pfalz Wine Region of Germany. Cellarmaster PG Slabbert and Winemaker Charl Myburgh at Stellenbosch Hills make the wine in a Jerepigo style, fortifying the unfermented grape juice with quality spirit to create a more than memorable experience-in-a-glass – for me an unforgettable experience. The use of excellent grape spirit is so important for a wine like this. For the two to meld into a rich wine.
From a bespoke bottle, closed with a T shaped natural cork. The elegant label is befitting of the stature of this wine. In the glass a tantalising gem bright translucent garnet from heart to edges. The aromas and palate segue one into the other with a beautiful acidity line counterbalancing the sweetness of the wine. Brilliant spun sugar, Papa Meiland rose petals, hard French Pastilles which my grandmother kept in her car. The wine is rich and unctuous and the impressive velvety flavours hang around in your mouth and in the aftertaste For some time. This would certainly be the last glass with my last meal for which I would ask! Perhaps with a dish of the finest Stellenbosch Strawberries in their fullest reddest ripeness.
While the slightly chilled Stellenbosch Hills Muscat de Hambourg 2022 is an excellent sipping wine for after dinner, perhaps with chunks of nougat, the wine has its place in a slot on your dinner menu. Or perhaps with Sand Biscuits or a rich Vanilla Cake for afternoon tea. Or indeed Ilse van der Merwe’s Pistachio, raspberry & white chocolate biscotti. Click here for her recipe and to have a look at her excellent website.
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