Cuvée Katharina Rosé Sekt

Alcohol: 12,5
Acid: 7,3 g/l
Residual sugar: 5,0 g/l

Vintage: The Sekt Cuvée Katharina Rosé does not carry a vintage designation, but the current bottling is from 2011.

Soil: Grapes for the Sekt Cuvée Katharina Rosé are comprised of Pinot Noir (80%) from the Breiten vineyard and Zweigelt (20%) from the Gabrissen vineyard - both located on Vienna's Bisamberg. The soils here consist of light sandy loess over massive limestone chunks and are significantly calcareous. The Pinot Noir vineyard is around 20 years old and planted with old French Pinot Noir clones cultivated according to the Rahmenkultur and lyre vine training systems. The Zweigelt vineyard is 32 years old with the vines growing according to the classic Lenz Moser hochkultur system.

Vineyards and cellar: The harvest took place already in mid-September so that the gradation and the alcohol content would not be too high. After picked meticulously by hand, the grapes were brought in pristine condition to the cellar for whole bunch pressing. This technique, standard in Champagne, is especially gentle for the tannins. This usually results in wines that have more of a filigree character, playful aromas and flavours and a lighter colour. The pre-clarified must underwent cool fermentation and maturation in steel tanks in order to accentuate the racy, fruity character as much as possible. Following a moderate amount of time on the lees, the individual batches were blended together in the winter, then filled into sparkling wine bottles for the méthode traditionnelle fermentation. After 18 months on the lees, the sparkling wine was disgorged, given a 5 g/l dosage, and then finished.

Tasting notes: The Sekt Cuvée Katharina yields a delicate pink shine, and its refined Pinot nose sparkles with an undertone of soft yeast aromas. It is fragrant and fresh with an elegant, vibrant palate and a lively acidity structure. Fine as an aperitif with tapas, or for washing down lightly sweet petit fours.