The morning of our big fall tasting is here, and it will be a busy day ahead of us, but I just wanted to sneak a quick wine review here for Saturday reading. When we visited Paris in the spring, we had a glass of an interesting Austrian rose sparkling at Vivant and food and wine bar (review here). Recently an Austrian colleague of mine was able to bring me a bottle in her suitcase, so we had the chance for a proper try.
Since 2003 Franz Strohmeier- has been working with great determination to produce absolutely natural wines without any additives or chemicals, and almost exclusively sulfur-free. He is a very philosophical grower with high emphasis on expressing his terroir in the most natural way. The grapes are harvested by hand and the sparkling wine is produced by using traditional bottle fermentation (methode champenoise). The winery is located near St.Stefan in the West Styrian wine region at the foothills of the Alps. The growing season is long with intense warmth and an abundance of rainfall allowing a slow and sustainable ripening of the grapes.
The Strohmeier Rose Sekt is made from 100% Blauer Wildbacher a grape considered a specialty in the Styria region. The grape has a deep purple color which is transferred to the sparkling wine with a long skin contact during the production process. The bubbles are fine and persistent. The nose is fresh with strawberry aroma. The taste exhibits red berries and herbal flavors with a refreshing acidity. This specific bottle was from the vintage of 2010 so it was perhaps slightly past its peak. I would really like to get my hands on the 2012 vintage as that was the one we tasted and fell in love with in Paris.
The bottle cost us around 15 EUR as it was from a distributors leftover stock, however I think the new vintage (2012) will set you back around 20 eur. For pure quality I would say the wine is a 3.5 or a 4 (I don’t want to limit myself to evaluate only a vintage that was already slightly off). Value for money wise I think it is a 3, meaning it is worth what it cost, however no bargain. If you run across this wine during your journeys, I recommend giving it a try.