2019 Tement Grassnitzberg 1-STK 96WA
ETA Spring 2022
Terroir: Single-vineyard Grassnitzberg was the first vineyards owned by family Tement and was planted in the early 50s. The old vines of the south south-east facing slopes grow on coralline limestone soil with south-southeast facing slopes.
Winemaking: After natural fermentation 18 months in big neutral oak casks sur lie; unfiltered
May be enjoyed young, but after three to five years, the Grassnitzberg terroir begins to shine.
96pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The 2019 Ried Grassnitzberg Sauvignon Blanc is sometimes quite reductive and needs a lot of air, but it is precise, deep and clear. A second bottle was far better and a clearer Grassnitzberg representative, with a deep, cool and intensely fruity nose with mango notes and fine, smoky spice. Complex, elegant and fine on the palate, this is a full-bodied, juicy, ripe, savory, salty and grippy Sauvignon from Grassnitzberg that is tartly bitter on the finish and needs plenty of time to shine. The 2019 is not at all for young-wine or brand drinkers, but for collectors and connoisseurs of demanding wines. This is a tightly knit, taut, big wine that needs around 10 years before its journey really begins. 13% stated alcohol. Glass stopper. Tasted in Grafenegg in September 2021.