Riesling Extra Brut Jour Fixe
The Riesling Sekt Brut Nature “Jour Fixe” is made from equal parts of fruit harvested in the upper part of the Enkircher Ellergrub, the west-facing part of the Trabener Zollturm and bought-in grapes from old vines in the Oberemmeler Altenberg. The wine is methode champenoise, aged nine months in barrels, and disgorged without any dosage or SO2 (the disgorgement date is not provided on the label). Gernot allows the base wine ample contact with oxygen to reduce the primary fruit and enhance the texture. The finished Sekt is nicely intense with mouthcoating mousse on the palate, yet there is a really fine delicately racy acidity lifting up the aromatics and giving this overall richer styled Sekt much vibrancy and focus right into the beautiful finish. Notably Chenin-like in many ways!
Stock up on the 2016; a shortage of fruit in 2017 and low-acid, extremely ripe raw materials unsuitable for Sekt in 2018 and 2019 mean a long dry spell after this vintage.