Over the years, I have really come to enjoy and appreciate local wines that are on the sweeter side of the scale.
There is such a variety of types and styles available and a wide price spectrum is covered.
I don’t think that these wines get nearly enough exposure and many of them are really good value for money.
Happily, I’ve just had the pleasure of enjoying one of these – the Stellenbosch Hills Muscat de Hambourg, it was 30 years ago that the winery first produced the wine, South Africa’s only contemporary version bottled as a single cultivar.
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.
The Stellenbosch Hills Muscat de Hambourg 2018 has a nose of berries with a slight touch of candy-sweetness and a mild spiciness on the palate. Its sweet notes are moderate and don’t overshadow the wine’s other taste nuances.
With only17% alcohol, my second glass of the Muscat presented no challenge to my sobriety…A pleasant drink and good value for money.
The 2018 Muscat de Hambourg sells for R65/bottle