Schlossgut Diel Reserve Riesling Sekt Extra Brut
Deg 11/2018, so 62 months of tirage, this is the nicest Blanc de Blancs Champagne that doesn’t actually hail from Champagne. It’s rather like a Coteaux Sûd, it has some disgorgement sharpness but its white-flower pudding-y fruit will emerge – is emerging. It isn’t ersatz-Champagne; it’s native sparkling wine made by people who love Champagne.
Press & Reviews
In future, the Diels plan to release only one Riesling Sekt, a very late-disgorged Extra Brut; this (second) disgorgement spent 68 months on the lees. Scents of lemon peel and sea breeze introduce a palate performance of fascinating contrasts, with tangy, bright lemon and gooseberry playing against a background of subtle lees-induced creaminess. Tart berry-seed crunch, piquant lemon peel and a chalky-stony amalgam all tug the finish in a decidedly austere direction, but there is certainly plenty of invigoration, not to mention sheer persistence.