Austrian fizz tasting notes

Quick post recording the tasting notes of four wines, tasted for The Wine Merchant magazine in June 2020.

NV, Weingut Schwarzbock Riesling Sekt ★★☆ – Bright nose of candied lime and yoghurt cream. It has matured for 24 months on its lees. Zingy palate, lots of persistent fizz, jasmine and bubblegum finish. Light in style. Finish is simple and mainly primary fruit but it’s long and offers an overall satisfying experience. A good intro to quality Sekt!

NV, Skoff Sauvignon Blanc Brut Reserve – Immediately has Sauvignon appeal. Apricot jam and canned peaches on the nose over tart gooseberry aromas. So sniffable! Fruit driven on the palate and surprisingly low acidity. A kind of tonic-esque mousse where the bubbles feel large and a tad scratchy. Finish is long, bittersweet and warming, Would work well in the on-trade next to scallops or something similar. Definitely a foodie’s wine!

2018, Weingut Schabl Pet Nat ★★☆ – Lovely and attractive golden colour. Light nose of honeysuckle, perfume and green herbs. Soft with a kind of tangy, onion note, citrus rind, orange and pepper. Interesting, albeit a little bittersweet. Finish is mid. Would love this with some salty foods.

NV, Fritz Salomon Zweigelt Pet Nat ★★★ Pick! – Attractive, lightly orange-hued rose colour clean, fruit-driven nose of strawberries, cooked cherries and pink grapefruit. Immediately attractive. Smooth, spicy palate full of cherries, cinnamon and vanilla. Delightful finish. Outstanding!

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