RKS Wine: Stag’s Hollow 2021 Muscat Frizzante

I know Stag’s Hollow in British Columbia’s Okanagan for some very serious high-quality wines. They are also not shy about pushing the boundaries with their Albariño, Dolcetto and Tempranillo. And they are at it again with a Muscat Frizzante. You will not see much Muscat wine produced in Canada.

More than a decade ago I attended the New York Wine Expo and sparkling Muscat was hot with rappers quaffing it and acreage was expanding rapidly in California. It certainly isn’t as hot as used to be. Can Stag’s Hollow bring back Muscat’s aura?

It is packaged in 250 mL cans with some playful colouring. On the nose a hallmark Muscat aroma of peach rules the roost with nectarines, Orri tangerine and a bit of honey. A light fizz but this is no Brut! The hegemony of peach asserts itself on the palate. The addition of 9% Albariño adds some acidity rescuing the wine from cloying sweetness. Sparkling Muscat is a wine I believe a glass or two might suffice so a can is perfect with its “large pour”. Great for people on the move in the summer. If you can find pizza with peaches as a topping this wine is for you. Similarly, if you can find a hot day as the slight fizz is a good thirst quencher. Serve chilled.

The wine is a blend of 53% Orange Muscat, 38% Muscat Ottonel and 9% Albariño.

Enjoy on a hot day.

$32 for a 4 pack of 250 mL cans. Perhaps it is best to order from the winery at stagshollowwinery.com

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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