We have an exciting new arrival at BottlesXO soon in both Hong Kong and Singapore. It’s a German Riesling Sekt from prestigious winery Franz Keller. This is what’s known as a Winzersekt wine: unique, delicious and a little surprising.
Who doesn’t love some brand new sparkling wine just in time for the summer? Let us tell you why we’re so excited.
1) It’s kind of like Champagne… but different
A key part of understanding winzersekt wines is knowing that they are made using the method champenoise, meaning that they are aged on the lees and gets its bubbles from being fermented in the bottle, just like Champagne.
Incidentally, this is also what makes winzersekt wines more expensive than your typical sparkling wine: this classic method of fermentation takes time and effort.
2) It’s artisanal
The Winzer part of the name is important. Winzersekt translates to “winegrower’s sparkling”, meaning that it is produced on a small scale by artisanal producers that have their own vineyards.
Wine lovers and makers are serious about what makes sekt special, too. Remember what we said about the bubbles being fermented naturally? Infact, any wine that has CO2 artificially added to it for fizziness isn’t allowed be called a Sekt. Serious business.
3) It’s European
German and Austrian specifically, if you couldn’t tell from the name. The reason that you might not have heard much about these wines before is because they are rarely exported but remain beloved in the area’s in which it is made.
4) And it’s been around a long time
A really long time. The first sparkling wines produced in Germany were made in 1826; Austria didn’t get in the game until 1846.
Interestingly, back then these wines were referred to as Sect, Mousseux or even Champagne. The Treaty of Versailles in 1919 led to Germany specifically being forbidden to use the name Champagne well before regulations came into force that allowed it to be used only in the specific French region.
5) It’s delicious
Of course, history lessons don’t mean anything if the wines don’t taste good.
Fortunately, they do. Winzersekts possess as diverse and complex a range of flavors as Champagnes. While Champagnes are bound by law to contain either Pinot Noir, Chardonnay or Pinot Meunier, Winzersekts are free to use the grapes of their region.
The beautiful volcanic area Kaiserstuhl, for example, can take advantage of their excellent Pinot Noir grapes, while other areas of the Rhine can make use of their exceptional Rieslings.
The Franz Keller Riesling Sekt will be available to order on the BottlesXO app from Thursday, 28 July in Hong Kong and Singapore.