The Südsteiermark is synonymous with fresh, aromatic white wines, particularly Sauvignon Blanc. On 2,563 hectares of planted vineyards, there is plenty of room however, so a wealth of other varieties, from Welschriesling to Morillon (Chardonnay) and Gelber Muskateller to Traminer. The viticulture here is amongst Europe's finest, with its charming scenery, yet it also includes some of the hardest and most challenging terrain, because most of the vineyards are planted on extremely steep inclines.
Sattlerhof, Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Sattlerhof is situated south of Gamlitz on a steep hill with fabulous views of the Southern Styrian landscape. This village is called Sernau, and Sattlerhof is house number 2, which would suggest that this is a centuries-old address. Documents show that the farm has been in the family since 1887. Willi Sattler has been responsible for the cultivation of wine here since he was 22 years old. Thanks to his skill, Sattlerhof wines have over the decades earned the respect of innumerable wine-lovers and the international wine media. The combination of tradition and innovation plays a uniquely important role in quality at Sattlerhof. Tradition means a natural and intensive management of the vineyards. Innovation means constantly developing new wine-processing methods, investing in cellar technology and consistently implementing ideas that bring out the varietal character even better and accentuate those qualities of the wine that are typical of the region. Subtle notes of both pale and very ripe lemon zest on the nose have the slightest edge of cut grass. The palate is equally subtle and adds complex yeasty notes to the slender midpalate, providing depth and nuance. There is also a creaminess to counteract the varietal tartness. Lovely counter poles. The finish is long and aromatic with citrus and grass.
92 pts. Wine Enthusiast