Weissburgunder Klassik STK 2017

Winery Weingut Hannes Sabathi

Region Steiermark, Austria

Grapes Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) 100%
ProfileCrisp, light, but intensely precise. Incredibly lean palate, and a very refreshing finish. Notes of yellow pear, and tangerine, with a bit of a chalky mineral profile.
Grape GrowingComing off an incredibly challenging vintage in 2016, one thought that it couldn't be tougher in 2017. Then again, mother nature had other plans. After another unseasonably warm winter, spring was quite the opposite; rainy, with a mean streak of frost in late May. The vines in Styria were spared much more so than those further north, but it was still not ideal. They did recover nicely, with a quite hot and sunny summer that led into harvest season. The vintage was once again short, even shorter than 2016, but the same principles that guided the Sabathis through the last challenge worked out here too. Careful fruit selection and a natural concentration due to the quantity of fruit led to a dense, and expressive wine. As always, no chemicals, herbicides, or pesticides were used in production.
WinemakingThe grapes were hand-harvested, then pressed gently into a stainless steel tank. The slow, cold fermentation took place over the course of a month. The wine then stayed on its lees for 6 more months. This wine is young, and meant to be consumed soon!
More About the WineWeissburgunder is a synonym for Pinot Blanc. Pinot Blanc is almost identical genetically to Chardonnay. If you are into unoaked Chards, this is a great one to try.

Wine Data

Alc11.8

TA6g/L

RS1.9g/L

Sulfur90ppm, 50ppm free

Soilgravel and sand

Altitude400m

Vineyard Age15 years

Case Production1,666

PairingOysters, Shellfish, Crudo, Sashimi, Ceviche, Delicate Whitefish, Sole, Snap Peas, Smashed Cucumber Salad. Cuisines: Japanese, Vegetarian, Peruvian, Scandinavian

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