Show your Saffa heart at Stellenbosch Hills’ Heritage pairing

September is about roots and this year Stellenbosch Hills gets you back to yours with an all-new tasting to celebrate the diversity of South African heritage.

The country traditionally celebrates Heritage Day on September 24, but Stellenbosch Hills will proudly pluck the Saffa heartstrings all month long. The winery is renowned for its unconventional wine and food pairings, and this coming month it lays on a fresh and delicious spread alongside award-winning wines.

No matter if you prefer kief to lekkerawêh to ngca, Stellenbosch Hills will get you and your brasse amped this season!

Conceived in partnership with the Private Hotel School, the Heritage Food & Wine Pairing for September 2019 features a line-up of firm favourites for just R75pp. 

First up is the 1707 Reserve White 2018, a wine that won Double Gold at the National Wine Challenge/Top 100 South African wines competition.

This elegant, voluptuous wine is resplendent with aromas of stone fruit, honey, zesty citrus, and vanilla oak spice. The palate is elegant, rich, textured and balanced by lively citrus fruit and crisp acidity. It lingers seemingly forever on the finish.

It is served in a perfect partnership with Cape Malay pickled fish and a slice of crisp, garlic-flavoured bruschetta.

Then comes another top gun: the 1707 Reserve Red 2015 – a Gold medal winner at Veritas 2017 amongst its many other accolades. The wine is full-bodied and seamless with an abundance of dark berry fruit, plums, dark chocolate and hints of black pepper and cigar box on the nose. The palate reveals a well-balanced structure with juicy, yet firm tannin. Every sip concludes in a long lingering finish.

This champion red shines delectably alongside boerewors-inspired meatballs served on o-so-moreish home-made tomato chutney.

The parting shot into the sunset of culinary happiness is delivered by the stellar Stellenbosch Hills Muscat de Hambourg 2018 – the 30th anniversary vintage of this all-round favourite.

Sunset coloured, the wine is explosively fragrant with candy floss, boiled sweets, rose petal and violets. On the palate, it’s elegant and beautifully balanced with great length and complexity.

Its partner for the tasting is an equally popular stalwart – orange malva pudding dripping with a rooibos tea infused crème anglaise.

Now’s the time to let your true colours shine and have a good time too!

The Stellenbosch Hills Heritage Food & Wine Pairing takes place at the winery’s tasting room and is available Monday to Friday, 09h00 to 17h00, and Saturday 10h00 to 15h00.

The tasting can only be enjoyed through prior reservation, so get dialing. Book a tasting for you – and even better, with friends – by contacting 021 881 3828 or info@stellenbosch-hills.co.za

For more information about Stellenbosch Hills, visit www.stellenbosch-hills.co.za; call 021 881 3828/9; or, email info@stellenbosch-hills.co.za. Stellenbosch Hills is also on Twitter as @stbhills and Facebook.

Stellenbosch Hills is located at the intersection of the R310 and Vlottenburg Road, just outside Stellenbosch.

Until next time.

Stephanie Marthinus Blog