2020 Sauvignon Blanc Kalk & Kreide
These are perfect for the table, the porch or the pool. Fun or serious, this wine always delivers!
A few years ago researching a trip to Austria, I became curious about the Sauvignon Blanc wines from Austria, apparently extremely popular in Austria! Wine critics scored them well too.
I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed many of the wines I tried at dinner or at wineries on that trip to Austria, but sadly there is VERY LITTLE of it here in the US.
Don't get me wrong, I love Sancerre. It is such a great wine but Tement's Sauvignon Blanc wines bring a density that is so pure and elegant. Sancerre is just a different expression of the sauvignon blanc grape, and for me for my money (these are less than the top Sancerre that go for $50) this is where I want to put it.
So, what is Styrian Sauvignon Blanc like? What is the Styrian terroir like?
- Southern Styria (aka Südsteiermark) is south and a little west of Vienna in the eastern half of Austria, or "lower Austria" on the border with Slovenia and a small part touches Hungary.
- The climate is warmer than Sancerre and the Loire, with cool nights. It is still cooler compared to new world SB regions like California or New Zealand.
- The soils are diverse: limestone with clay are abundant, but there is also sand, gravel, and shiste.
- Altitudes can vary and the region is extremely hilly, with the best sites, of course, on the higher altitude hillsides. Altitudes can vary from a few hundred to several hundred meters.
Styrian Sauvignon Blanc in style has the minerality and citrus fruit of Sancerre, with more body but without the overtly grassy, cat pee, gooseberry and pungent grapefruit and tropical fruit of most New Zealand SBs.
- Tement is the top producer of Sauvignon Blanc and other white wines in Austria
- Vine age 10-60 years
- Soils: Mix terroir, mainly limestone with clay but also sand, gravel and shiste - altitude 300-600 m sea level
- Viticulture: Practicing Organic, certified in 2017
- Steel tank-fermented and aged on the lees in large German wooden oak foudre (neutral wood impact)