Welcome to Pop or FLOP
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: Flörsheim-Dalsheim, Rheinhessen
🇩🇪 Country: Germany
🍾 Variety: Winzersekt
🍇 Grape varieties: Riesling
🌶️ Taste: herb / brut
📅 Vintage: 2009
📅 Disgorgement date: –
🥂 Alcohol: 13,5%
🍭 Sugar content: 8,9 g/l
⚠️ Total acidity: 6,6 g/l
💰 Price: 12,00 €
🏆 Rating: POP
🥂 Drink of the day: 3 April 2020
Schales is a family winery. It is now in the eighth generation. Specialty of the house are sparkling wines with long maturation and fine perlage. Unfortunately the labels are without disgorgement date.
Sekt is the name for German sparkling wines. Schales Riesling 2009 is in addition labeled “Sekt b. A”. That means it is produced in an official wine-growing region of Germany. Furthermore the base wine must be characteristic for this special region.
It seems not only the french has complicated rules when it comes to sparkling wine. To explain it easier: “Sekt b.A.” is 100% home made.
Schales is located in Rheinhessen. Flörsheim-Dalsheim is the record prize-winning wine village in Germany (Guinness Book of Records 1998). Additionally the vineyards are known for the basis of harmonious fruity wines. One of them is Riesling.
Riesling is a white grape. Its home is in particular in the regions along the middle Rhine and the lower Mosel. They are two of Europe’s great wine rivers. Riesling vines cover the steep, slate-rich hillsides above the rivers.
Riesling had a bad reputation in the past because it was used to produce cheap sweet wine for the masses. Today Riesling stands for high quality, crisp, refreshing wines with pronounced acidity. An ideal base for sparkling wine.
Young Riesling sparkling wines have a rather acidic, not harmonious palate. The full maturity of the Sekt is reached after prolonged vinification.
Yellow, grren and a lot of honey colour from the long maturation. The sparkling wine has perfectly integrated, fine mousseux.
Delicious. Straightaway an overwhelming smell hits me. I can figure out nice fruit notes of green apples and grapefruit. Sour lemon and a herbal mix of no idea.
Schales Riesling 2009 is the perfect mix of fruity and sour elements. Every sip consists of a lot of fruit. Apple, peach and lemon. The acidity is juicy, gentle and finely integrated.
POP or Flop
POP! Riesling is one of my hate loves.
It took some time and plenty of bottles to find out the obviously: Good things takes time or better good Riesling Sekt takes time.
I know now, I do not like young Riesling Sekt. Recommended ageing time for Riesling is minimum 12 months. I disagree. Firstly it tastes fruity and fresh. Secondly it has a very sharp flavour. That’s without doubt the acidity because the sparkling wine didn’t mature long enough.
In my experience, the quality of the Schales winery is top in class. Even without a disgorgement date. I have complete confidence in the Sekt. All Schales bubbles have that certain something, also the Riesling.
After 10 years ageing very fine fruit aromas dominates the Sekt. The acidity finally lost its sharpness. The typical, fruity taste is unmistakable. Schales Riesling 2009 is in full maturity. The storage potential is beautiful. I’m look forward to see how the Sekt develops the next 10 years.
Open Wine Cellar
At the event “open wine cellar” you have the opportunity to visit the winery’s beautiful, old wood barrel cellar. The in-house wine museum is also open on this day. In addition you can have delicious, home-made, local dishes. Taste all the sparkling wine and wines in a pleasant atmosphere. You can find the dates, in German only here.
! There are new opening times!
Wine sales (without wine tasting): Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 12:00.
Wine tasting only with appointment.