Since 1919, founded by Anton Ohlig in Rudesheim am Rhein, and joined later with the Kloss family, that his traditions and passion for high quality sparkling wine made in the traditional method have been carried on for four generations. As a friend and neighbor of Carl Ehrhard, they do not own vineyards but produce their sekt from grapes or wine purchased from their neighbors like Weingut Carl Ehrhard, Weingut Walter Rapp, Weingut Mohr and Weingut Schlossmuhlenhof – all of which are family-run and practice environmentally friendly farming but who don’t have the means to produce sekt themselves. Their wines are stored for at least nine months in bottle, on the lees, in their century old cellar where riddling and final disgorgement occurs. With their intent on quality, the winegrowers they work with trust their selections that the sekt will be made into a premium cuvee. It is Sektkelleri Ohlig’s longstanding belief that a cuvee is more balanced than the individual parts it is made of; the special sensory experiences owed to their skilled cellar master and their continued precision in due to the most advanced technology possible to develop top quality cuvees. The name ‘Latitude 50’ refers literally to the latitude at which the vines are grown at, geographically the northernmost possible wine growing area. The label simplifies this for consumers and delivers continued enjoyment for any day whether or not it is a celebration.
A combination of 2008 Pinot Noir by Weingut Mohr from Lorch (Rheingau) fermented in Stainless Steel from steep vineyards with slate soil; 2008 Dornfelder produced by Weingut Rapp from the village of Bad Münster am Stein Ebernburger (Nahe), fermented in old oak from grapes grown on sandstone and clay soil; and 2008 Portugueser produced by Schlossmühlenhof in Rheinessen, grown in vineyards in the town of Alzey with limestone and clay soil, aged in stainless steel.
Rheingau Sekt, Brut Weiss, “Latitude 50˚”
The Sekt Weiss was once produced from growers in the Nahe and Rheingau but is now sourced from one organic Rheinhessen producer that Savio works with. The Muller-Thurgau and Pinot Blanc are harvested early to ensure higher acids and lower sugar, and since the PH is low, the free S02 level is kept at 20ppm. This wine is an experiment that worked out, using Savio’s knowledge and resources available to produce a pleasurable wine: low-intervention, low alcohol, low levels of SO2.