Schloss Gobelsburg Niederosterreich Sekt Brut Reserve NV

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If you want history, Schloss Gobelsburg has it: the schloss (castle) was mentioned in contracts as early as 1074, with it being acquired by the Cistercian monks of Zwettl in 1740, who themselves had first been granted vineyards in 1171. If you want accolades, Schloss Gobelsburg also has them: Michael Moosbrugger, who, with the assistance of Willi Bründlmayer (more on his wines below), took over management of the estate and vineyards through a long-term lease in 1996, has variously been awarded winemaker of the year plaudits and has landed the estate on lists of the top wineries of the year with some consistency.
 
The Brut Reserve is an assemblage of Pinot noir, Riesling, and, Grüner Veltliner sourced from the premier cru vineyards of Heiligenstein, Gaisberg, Grub and Lamm. The base wines spend six months in large traditional oak casks, and then two to three years on lees in bottle after the secondary fermentation, before being riddled by hand and disgorged. This most recent release is gorgeous and has quickly become a mainstay around these parts with subtle notes of white flowers and hay on the nose and underripe peach backed up by a lemony freshness and subtle sweet greenness on the palate. The texture is also superb.
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