Friday, April 14, 2023

Incredible Austrian Whites!


Go beyond Grüner! Austria also makes amazing Sauvignon Blanc! We are stoked to offer these hidden gems from southern part of the country. They are arriving just in time for some warm weather, do not sleep on them!

Here is a snippit from Wine Advocate's Stephan Reinhardt on Weingut Wohlmuth and this relatively unknown region.

The wines of Styria cannot be compared to those from the Danube. Although the majority of the wines are also white, the soils often are coral limestone or opok (marl), and where they are not, they are of volcanic origin. Grüner Veltliner, plays no role at all here in the south of Austria on the border with Slovenia or in the west within the province of Carinthia, and Pinot Noir also plays only a subordinate role...Wohlmuth has [also] firmly established itself among the very best domaines in the region."

2021 Wohlmuth Sauvignon Blanc Kitzeck-Sausal STK...$17.99
What a stunning nose of fresh basil, mandarin orange and melon. On the medium-bodied palate there’s also wonderful fruit, but the herbal freshness is stunning and it flips effortlessly into pronounced wet-stone minerality. Vibrant and long finish. From the best sites, mostly with red slate soil. Fermented in large neutral oak and matured on the lees until June after the harvest. Vegan. Sustainable. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
Rated 93/100 James Suckling

2021 Wohlmuth - Sauvignon Blanc Ried Steinriegl 1STK...$26.99
Wohlmuth's 2021 Sauvignon Blanc Ried Steinriegl 1STK shows very clear, fresh, bright and aromatic fruit with floral, white flower aromas as well as plum and peach (peel) notes. Dense and rich in the mouth, this is a supple yet fresh, balanced and elegant Sauvignon with great finesse and extract-sweet fruit. This is long-lasting and grippy on the finish, always stimulating and packs the alcohol better than the 2021 Riesling Dr. Wunsch manages. This is arguably the finest Steinriegel Sauvignon I've had in eight years. 13% stated alcohol. Natural cork. Tasted in Grafenegg in September 2022.
Rated 95/100 Wine Advocate
Rated 94/100 James Suckling

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