Wolfberger AOC Cremant d’Alsace, France, Brut NV
Wolfberger is a co-op of 800 odd producers. This wine a blend of 90% pinot blanc and 10% pinot auxerrois. Natural mushroom cork, 12%, €7, en France.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, pale intensity gold, showing small-sized bubbles and tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a medium (+) intensity, youthful, with an opening aroma of warm stewed cooking apple, then stone fruit – unripe apricot with a confected hint.
Palate – a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, no tannin but with a slight gummy grip, medium (-) alcohol and a medium (-) body, with medium intensity flavours of ripe red dessert apple and riper stone fruit than on the nose. A creamy mousse, with a medium persistence, and a medium length, with a clean crisp finish.
Quality – an acceptable quality wine, fruit dominated and quite simple, with a good nose but waning intensity on the palate. Acidity and alcohol are in balance, and in harmony with the intensity of flavour. A moderate length with a slight gummy grip on a clean finish.