Grapelive: Wine of the day October 26, 2016

brundlmayersektnv Weingut Brundlmayer, Extra Brut Sekt, Sparkling White, Kamptal Austria.
It’s not a secret, but truthfully the Brundlmayer Sekt(s) are some of the world’s great bubbly with amazing depth of flavor, complexity and class, with the latest releases reaching even new heights for style and character, especially their Rose and this gorgeous Extra Brut. The Brundlmayer Extra Brut is mostly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but it is rumored to have some Gruner Veltliner, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc as well, it is usually on it’s lees between 18 and 36 months and the grapes are picked exclusively for sparkling wine and are on more chalky soils to give purity and vibrant fresh mineral detail. It’s fermented super dry in stainless and does go through malo to give richness and raised in big Austrian oak casks. The Brundlmayer Extra Brut Sekt is brisk and bone dry, but loaded with decadence and layers of elegance and complex fruit, mineral tones and is wonderfully long. This vital bubbly really is heavenly with a silken mousse and sublime mouth feel showing concentration and restraint with apple, almond, quince, golden fig, yeasty brioche, white cherry and wet stones along with citrus and white flowers. If you are a grower Champagne lover you’ll admire the excellent terroir influence in found in this Austrian fizz and the remarkable artisan soul and fine balance, this is an awesome expression of place and house style. For the same price as most generic Champagne, this is much more intriguing and glorious choice for the brave and those in the know! Drink as much as you can get, and with it’s Extra Brut dry side and lavish opulence it is perfect as a celebration aperitif, but even better as the main meal wine as it is compelling and deep enough to go with almost any and all cuisine, this is brilliant stuff from Vincent Brundlmayer!
($46 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive