Wine Blown: Netzl Winzersekt 2011

Having studied in Burgenland, constantly surrounded by blooming vineyards, I always flutter when somebody brings out Austrian wine. It’s like that feeling you get when you watch your favourite movie for the 28th time or see people quoting that author you thought would never become Facebook mainstream – a more charming experience every time.

Netzl Winzersekt 2011 is a damn hard wine to find, which is surprising because this producer is pretty well-known in major parts of Europe. Wine Searcher even states:

We can only find a few stores in Europe that have this wine. We have only been able to find the 2011 vintage for sale over the last month.

A friend opened this bottle for us to try at a laidback dinner and my, was I blown away by the result. Pale, almost watery yellow in the glass with a spring-water nose reminiscent of lilies, acacia, lime juice, baked almonds, brioche and waves of ripe nectarine and peach. No bottle aging notes, yet. The mousse is exquisite, flowing right through the whole drinking experience on a pool raft and joining the acidity flawlessly in the end. Medium body and alcohol, missing out on the mid-palate, but coming back on the aftertaste. A very fruity form of sparkling wine, not showing that chalkiness, nor seriousness you get from Champagne or similar styles, which is not at all shocking for Welschriesling aka Graševina, Laški Rizling, Riesling Italico…

Grape varieties: 100% Welschriesling
Aging: in bottle
Abv: 13%
Average price: 17€
GN score: 86/100

Region: Austria – Lower Austria – Carnuntum

Welschriesling has always been considered the easy-way-out grape variety used for producing light, easy-drinking wines in the majority of cases. It is in no way related to true Riesling, but is mixed up too often, especially in Eastern European countries. It likes warmer climates, as in cooler climates it can be excessively acidic and flabby. If you seek a chilled night out with friends or want to mix your soda water with something on a hot summer day, this is the perfect way to go. If you’re seeking earnest weight on the other hand, good luck in your quest.

Even when I visit Netzl’s website, I can’t find this wine in their selection, so it makes me wonder – is this the last vintage of Winzersekt ever made? That would be pretty cool. I could tell people I’ve tasted this cryptic sample never to be seen on the shelves again. Heh, yeah. When talking about the winery’s production profile, again, there’s a highlight on organic viticulture in which the winemakers oblige themselves to preserve the well-being of their soils and environment for upcoming generations. It’s obvious that this is also a family-run winery, which tells me that my bucket list gets one more slot in the “travel” section (also a result of trying many of their red wines such as Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch, Merlot…).


Written by Aleksandar Draganić.

I’m a WSET certified grape juice drinker, and yes, I’m that 1% of people that love their job. I drink wine, write about it, preach about it, even take pictures of it. Find me at @grapenomad


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