Sauvignon Blanc Alte Reben, Weingut Erwin Sabathi

Weingut Erwin Sabathi

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Country: Austria
Region: Southern Styria
Vintage: 2013

The single vineyard Pössnitzberg is predestined as great terroir for producing white wine. Due to the interaction of the soil structure with climatic factors, this unique single vineyard produces authentic wines. The grapes used in Alte Reben Sauvignon Blanc come from a south-facing slope in the oldest vineyards of the top sites on the Pössnitzberg – “Alte Reben” means old vines. With an incline as steep as 75%, the grapes are harvested by hand, fermented spontaneously with natural yeasts, and given 18 months élevage in large traditional oak casks.

Weingut Erwin Sabathi's wines from Pössnitzberg, classified as “Große STK Ried” (Grand Cru STK), are delicately mineral, very salty on the palate, and show a tight structure and high ageing potential. The harvest yield is limited to a maximum of 45 hectolitres. Grand Cru STK wines are allowed to be offered for sale at the earliest on the 1st of May after 18 months of maturation.

Tasting notes: Subtly smoky aromas, intensive Sauvignon Blanc characteristics, mineral stone powder and enormous saltiness characterize this 

elegant scent, expressive character, subtly smoky aromas; hints of fresh herbs, mint-scented; very cool aroma spectrum with deep brilliance on the palate; intensive Sauvignon Blanc characteristics, spicy, mineral stone powder and enormous saltiness; extremely mineral and racy structure

Food recommendation:
smoked trout, warm char, goose or duck, game dishes, braised dishes of beef (oxtail, special meat of beef shoulder), steak


From a south-facing slope, one of the steepest in Austria with a degree of incline reaching as much as 75%, harvested by hand (obviously), fermented spontaneously with natural yeasts, and given 18 months élevage in large, traditional oak casks. Rich, ripe, gentle texture, billowing with fruit. Well measured lees. Precisely and sharply focused. Excellent length. Superb concentration. Tasted June 2018.

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Climate: Warm winds coming up from Slovenian valleys meet cool air streams from the Koralpe Mountains in the west. The high diurnal range results in a spicy and multi-faceted aroma spectrum.

Soil: Pössnitzberg is located on the southern part of the West Styrian Bay of the Styrian Basin. In former times (in the Neogene), several 1000-meter-thick marine sediments were deposited there. These deposits, also called "Steirischer Schlier", are clayey up to fine sandy, gray-green coloured marls including plant fossils and sandstone interstratifications. These scarce and very chalky soils, called “Opok” (chalky marl), are characterised by a humous topsoil formed by weathering, which often does not exceed a height of 20 centimeters, and firm sedimentary rocks.