The importer has graciously provided us with a few more unexpected cases of the this highly acclaimed wine, known for its long term cellaring capability, but oh so delicious now. Don’t miss out on this last opportunity to score this highly coveted prize and already rated 98 points by Wine Enthusiast!
Let me preface, the 2019 vintage is considered one of the finest all time growing seasons in the Steiermark-Styria (southeastern Austria) region, which has a well established reputation for finest, long lived, extremely complex white wines! Gerhard Wohlmuth’s profound Sauvignon Blanc sets the highest bar for those to follow.
“Hike” the vineyards of Wohlmuth and you are traversing some of the steepest plots in all of Europe. The mother rock here is composed of slate and schist. Powerful sunshine provides phenolic ripeness and Kitzeck Sauzal’s high elevation hilltop location means huge diurnal swings which slow the ripening process and preserve the natural acidity in the grape. The result is intense freshness, tight rope tension, and a linear acidity which results in tasting notes on dry Sauvignon that repeatedly read “drink through 2050.” Are you excited yet?
Viticulture practices are old school-organic and sustainable, and remain largely unchanged since the family’s founding of this estate in 1803 – No pesticides or herbicides are used, and it goes without saying that harvesting is manual. Work in the cellar is similarly traditional, with spontaneous fermentation and the use of neutral 500L casks.
The 2019 Sauvignon Blanc from Steinriegl comes from a very steep (up to 78% inclination) site that faces south-southwest. Steinriegl produces highly flavor-intense wines with pronounced minerality. Steinriegl has been referred to as one of the best single vineyards of Styria for centuries. Since vintage 2018 this special single vineyard is classified as STK Premier Cru. The soil is red and blue-black slate with quartzite bits. The picking takes place very late. Grapes undergo a short maceration time and then undergo gentle and very slow pressing. The fermentation process is slow and natural in used big wooden casks. The wine is aged on yeast for 11 months. Excited now?
“The nose is still shy, giving very little away. The palate, however, reverberates with in tones of candied lime, grapefruit zest, citrus leaf, nettle and angelica. Freshness, lift, and profound, stony depths can be found in one slender package. Drink by 2050.” – Wine Enthusiasts 98 points
COMPONENT BARREL SAMPLE – “Still tasted as a sample (yet of the final blend), the 2019 Ried Steinriegl Sauvignon Blanc from 30+-year-old vines on barren red slate and quartz soils offers a pure yet intense and iron-scented bouquet of wet stones, herbal notes and coolish-elegant fruit that is so subtle and complex that this Sauvignon could be Riesling. Vinified in large oak casks and some 500-liter barrels, this is a full-bodied, piquant and pure Sauvignon with fine mineral grip and stimulating citrus fruit bitters on the finish. This is an impressive vin de terroir with lingering salinity and endless elegance. Fabulous. Drink 2021-2040 – (93-94) Wine Advocate – May 6, 2021
Gerhard Wohlmuth describes 2019 as “probably our best year yet.” The grapes were “fully ripe” at harvest (from October 20 to November 10), with “super acidity,” low pH values and absolutely “zero botrytis.”