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Ratings are necessary to better understand a sparkling wine.
I chose a simple POP or FLOP rating system. Anything I want to see again is a POP. Else it’s a FLOP. What ticks my boxes you can read find in the sparkling wine cellar.
Don’t take ratings too serious. A sparkling wine is good if it tastes no matter what rating it has received! Your taste is important but stay informed.
🌐 Region: Weistrach, Mostviertel
🇦🇹 Country: Austria
🍾 Variety: Sekt
🍇 Grape varieties: Grüner Veltliner
🌶️ Taste: brut nature
📅 Vintage: 2004
📅 Disgorgement date: 04/2020
🥂 Alcohol: 11/ 2017
🍭 Sugar content: 5,8 g/l
⚠️ Total acidity: 5,5 g/l
💰 Price: 30,00 €
🏆 Rating: POP
🥂 Drink of the day: 12 Mai 2020
By the time I was at the Kirchmayr winery April 2019, the future was uncertain. Andreas Kirchmayr had passed away without a successor. When I updated my vineyard list, I learned that the Kirchmayr winery closed in December 2019.
The Kirchmayr winery was a winery without its own vineyards. The grapes came from specifically selected locations in the Wachau, Kamptal, Kremstal and Danube region. The wine was vinified afterwards in Kirchmayrs’ own cellars in Weistrach.
Matured white wines were the house specialty. They aged for five and more years in a bottle. Then the wine was sold as “Solist”.
The Grüner Veltliner sparkling wine, Solist, 2004 was identically thoughtful produced. The tasted bottle of Solist vintage 2004 matured for 13 years on the lees.
Grüner Veltliner is the most important Austrian grape variety. Most Austrian sparkling wine consist of this grape.
Austrian sparkling wine is by the way called Hauersekt, only if
- the grapes are from the own vineyard.
- done by traditional bottle fermentation (at least nine months on the lees).
- sold by the producer.
- the label shows in detail winemaker, grape variety and vintage.
Kirchmayr, Grüner Veltliner Sekt, Solist, 2004, brut nature is therefore not a Hauersekt.
Golden yellow due to the long storage. Small, fine bubbles.
Intense and fresh. Smells of green apple together with dried fruit.
Sparkling and fresh after 13 years in the bottle. Full, fruity body. Coupled with a silky and rich taste of peach, pear, apple and raisin. Ripe yeast notes complete the experience. Full maturity and of course a long aftertaste.
Pop or Flop
13 years of maturation for the Kirchmayr, Grüner Veltliner Sekt, Solist, 2004 are a dream. The sparkling wine had significantly time to age on the lees. Almost 2.5 years of rest afterwards disgorgement made it even better.
Andreas Kirchmayr went without a doubt his own way. He wasn’t infected with the champagne craziness. He did his own thing. As a result the sparkling wine got the time it needed to reach full maturity.
Chapeau! I wish more vintners had the courage to go their own way and find their own identity.