Bet you didn’t know that Gobelsburg, one of the best producers in Austria, made killer sparkling blend of Gruner Veltliner (from Grand Cru fruit), Riesling and Pinot Noir for quite a reasonable price. This wine is everything you want in a non-champagne sparkler – varietal character, dry, food friendly, distinctive.
Founded in 1171, Gobelsburg is one of Austria’s great historic wineries. Now operated by Moosbrugger and Brundlmayer, Gobelsburg is producing some of Austria’s best value top flight wines. It is a shame that Austrian wine has few followers in North America. While you can find top examples at the best wine shops in the U.S., these wines are non-existent in B.C. Marquis Wine Cellars once tried to bring these in and ended up having to discount them all (a real shame given the quality of their imports).
So I was astonished to find this lying around the Tap House liquor store in West Van and picked it up without hesitation. This sparkling sees 2-3 years on lees before disgorging. It should not be compared to Champagne, but instead a cool exploration of the unique flavours of Austria, done in a method you rarely find from that country. It also happens to pair perfectly with Sushi.
~$40 in BC (but no longer imported)