Henkell Brut Vintage is a full-bodied, vinous sparkling wine which attracts the wine connoisseurs with a well-balanced and lively bouquet. It combines crisp fruit-acidity with rich taste and a long-lasting finish. Wines from one single vintage form the basis of this exceptional sparkling wine.
Glamorous and reserved for life’s special moments, Henkell is the dry, sparkling wine that combines the best of both worlds: the art of French cuvée and German craftsmanship - for 160 years.
Making a big-brand, high-quality sparkling wine is a secret in itself, because a perfect cuvée has to match the classic flavour of the brand every time. Henkell manages this with the best of both worlds: a cuvée composition following the French example and traditional German craftsmanship.
The Henkell cellarmasters manage this interplay superbly. For Henkell Trocken, they compose a sparkling symphony of taste from exquisite base wines from four classic grape varieties, such as the chardonnay grape from France, because excellent sparkling wine can only be made from the best wines. The result is dry, sparkling wine with an unmistakable bouquet, fresh and fruity, with delicate hints of citrus. Sparkling wine lovers from all over the world can enjoy the unadulterated Henkell flavour at any time.
Drink in the glamorous story of this global brand, preferably with a glass of Henkell sparkling wine. As soon as you take your first sip you will find out how sparkly a dry wine can be.
As the world’s northernmost fine wine producing region, Germany faces some of the most extreme climatic and topographic challenges in viticulture. But fortunately this country’s star variety, Riesling, is cold-hardy enough to survive freezing winters, and has enough natural acidity to create balance, even in wines with the highest levels of residual sugar. Riesling responds splendidly to Germany’s variable terroir, allowing the country to build its reputation upon fine wines at all points of the sweet to dry spectrum, many of which can age for decades.
Classified by ripeness at harvest, Riesling can be picked early for dry wines or as late as January following the harvest for lusciously sweet wines. There are six levels in Germany’s ripeness classification, ordered from driest to sweetest: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese and Eiswein (ice wine). While these classifications don’t exactly match the sweetness levels of the finished wines, the Kabinett category will include the drier versions and anything above Auslese will have noticeable—if not noteworthy—sweetness. Eiswein is always remarkably sweet.
Other important white varieties include Müller-Thurgau as well as Grauburguner (Pinot Gris) and Weissburguner (Pinot Blanc). The red, Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir), grown in warmer pockets of the country can be both elegant and structured.
As the fourth largest wine producer in Europe (after France, Italy and Spain), in contrast to its more Mediterranean neighbors, Germany produces about as much as it consumes—and is also the largest importer of wine in the E.U.
A term typically reserved for Champagne and Sparkling Wines, non-vintage or simply “NV” on a label indicates a blend of finished wines from different vintages (years of harvest). To make non-vintage Champagne, typically the current year’s harvest (in other words, the current vintage) forms the base of the blend. Finished wines from previous years, called “vins de reserve” are blended in at approximately 10-50% of the total volume in order to achieve the flavor, complexity, body and acidity for the desired house style. A tiny proportion of Champagnes are made from a single vintage.
There are also some very large production still wines that may not claim one particular vintage. This would be at the discretion of the winemaker’s goals for character of the final wine.