2017 Sattlerhof Sauvignon Blanc Sudsteiermark

Year: 2017
Appellation: Sudsteiermark
Country: Austria
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Enthusiast: 90
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
Price :

"A zippy white, with notes of grapefruit and tangerine zest mingling in the core, framed by hints of savory herb and sea salt. Good balance. Drink now through 2022. 3,000 cases made, 500 cases imported. -AZ" (WS)

"Subtle notes of ripe lemon and nettle mingle on the nose. The palate remains resolutely light and is bright with lemon freshness, with a dry finish that closes on a herbal tisane note. -Anne Krebiehl MW" (WE)

Winery Notes:
Sattlerhof is a leading producer in Austria’s South Styria region. The Sattler family was one of the earliest in the region to bottle high-quality dry white wines beginning in the 1970s. Sattlerhof belongs to the prestigious STK (Styrian Terroir and Classic Winegrowers), an association with strict quality standards and an esteemed vineyard classification.

South Styria lies in the south of Austria near the Slovenian border and specializes in aromatic and refreshing dry white wines. The vineyards of Sattlerhof are centered around the village of Gamlitz less than 10km from the Slovenian border and includes several top vineyards rated premier cru and grand cru by the STK group.

Sauvignon Blanc Südsteiermark is Sattlerhof’s “regional wine” (STK uses the term “Gebietswein”) and is a category intended to capture the regional character of South Styria. South Styria is one of the world’s great Sauvignon Blanc terroirs where the variety benefits from complex soils, a long growing season, and dramatic shifts in temperature from day to night.

Tasting Notes:
Sauvignon Blanc Südsteiermark was hand-harvested from very steep hillside vineyards near Gamlitz and vinification occurred in stainless-steel tanks with 3-4 months of aging on its lees before bottling. The wine shows ripe stone fruit flavors while still being light, lively, and highly aromatic thanks to the cooling influence of the Alps.

Food Pairing:
Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with salad greens and other sharp ingredients like tomatoes and vinaigrettes. Sautéed white fish, oysters, smoked salmon, and foods flavored with fresh herbs all work well with Sauvignon Blanc. Styrian Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with charcuterie and other simple fare found in the region’s Buschenschank or wine taverns.