This is my first of many wine tasting and blogging beyond Walla Walla. "Change is good," I keep telling myself as hard as it can be at times. Tasting wines beyond Walla Walla can be, not only an advanced education for the palate, but even send us back home to the wines around us while understanding that the familiar can indeed be a benchmark.
In my opinion I would be hard pressed to find a benchmark sekt, as this is the benchmark. First of all for those who may be unfamiliar with the term, "sekt" (pronounced "zekt") we are referring to a bubbly - a German term for quality bubbly produced in either Germany or Austria. In Austria, Sekt is often made in the méthode champenoise and like in Austria, it is good to know that in Germany the inexpensive sparkling wine made with CO2 injection must not be named Sekt.
I was hooked with one sip of the Nigl Sekt Rosé. This bubbly is produced with Zweigelt, a widely-grown red grape variety in Austria. The winery, owned by Martin Nigl, is located in the town of Senftenberg in lower Austria's wine growing region of Kremstal. The cool climate of the Kremstal river valley assists the grapes maintain their acidity, which is essential to making a fine sparkler. If you are a long time reader, you may know that there are wines that I will often refer to as "swoon-worthy" and this wine, indeed is one of them. (note: Nigl also produces a still rosé I have not tasted - - yet.)