ProfileRich and smoky, modeled after the great wines of White Bordeaux. Ripe melon, passionfruit, and kiwi notes balance the grapefruit citrus notes. An incredible wine.
Grape GrowingKranachberg is the name of the basin-shaped single vineyard in which the grapes grow. South-west exposure at 500 meters. Hannes is very committed to clean and sustainable farming which is difficult in this very wet region.
WinemakingJust prior to harvesting the entire vineyard, Hannes Sabathi picks a few bunches early and crushes them into small fermenters that he has strategically placed throughout each vineyard. The native yeasts found in those vineyards then inoculate each batch and those batches are used to inoculate the rest of the vineyard. This means each single vineyard wine is inoculated with only the yeasts indigenous to that vineyard. 13 month maturation in 1500L barrels (20% new).
More About the WineHannes belongs to the STK group which only consists of 10 classical Styrian wineries that pool their resources to promote the quality of Styrian wines. Winemaking is very difficult in this area because of the rain and recent trend of hail throughout the growing season. As it is very difficult to be truly organic here we are excited to work with Hannes who does his best to farm as clean as possible and set a new standard in the region. Due to the region's influence from the Adriatic Sea to the south, it is quite warm and humid here. Grapes must be grown on slopes at least 200 meters up so as to protect them from rot. The slopes should also face south, east, or west to escape the cold northerly wind in the winter months. It is one of the few net wine importing regions in the world, meaning they bring in more wine from the outside than they actually produce!