Sekthaus Solter

27 September 2017

Based in Rüdesheim am Rhein, Sekthaus Solter is recognized as one of the top producers of sparkling wine in Germany. Founded in 1988 Sekthaus Solter makes wines from a total of 8 ha vineyards in Rheingau. Riesling make up for the majority of their grapes which also consist of Pinot Menuier, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Gewurztraminer.

Solter make exclusively Brut and Brut Nature and their annual production is around 40K - 60K bottles. Their entry level Sekt spends 18 months on the lees, while the reserve spends a minimum of 36 months.

We had a interesting chat and tasting with the very knowledgeable cellarmaster Sabrina Schach.

Solter Rheingau Riesling Sekt Brut NV
89 Aroma had hints of brioche, grape and lime. Flavour was dry with lemon zest, white peach, grape, pineapple and hints of brioche.
Solter Rheingau Riesling Sekt Reserve Brut 2012
91 Aroma had lemon zest. Flavour had more depth than the entry level with hints of smoke and brioche. Also held lemon and almonds. Well balanced.
Solter Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Sekt NV
89 Based on 2013. Plenty of citric notes in the aroma with subtle tannins and lots of acid brought up by the vibrant mousse. Refreshing and crisp. 
Solter Cuvée Henri Sekt Réserve Brut NV
91 Fruity nose with hints of Brioche. Heavy fruity flavour with with a good body despite only 1,2g dosage, it felt slightly off dry towards the end. Flavours of ripe apricots, raspberries, dried cranberries, and marashino cherries. Soft, but persistent mousse.
Solter Pinot Meunier Sekt Brut NV
90 Lots of fruit in the nose and with spicy notes. Flavour had dried red berries from the Pinot Meunier along with citric and herbal notes. Finished dry.
Solter Chardonnay Réserve 2013 Brut Nature
89 Nose had vanilla and green apples. Flavour had hints of brioche, green apples, strawberries, vanilla and herbal notes. Lively and good acid level. 

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