- Tasting Notes & Technical Details
Weingut Sattlerhof is renowned for its precise, elegant white wines. Located in South Styria (“Südsteiermark” in German), near the Slovenian border, Wilhelm and Maria Sattler own 35 hectares of organically and biodynamically farmed vineyards in the village of Gamlitz. Starting with the 2021 vintage, all of their estate wines are Respekt-certified.
The Sattler family have been making wine at their 300-year-old farm since 1887. In the 1960s, they were among the first in the region to bottle high-quality dry white wines under their own name. Today, the baton has been passed to Willi and Maria’s sons, Alexander and Andreas. While their parents still take a keen interest in the estate, Alexander is now responsible for the vineyards and viticulture and Andreas heads up the winemaking.
Südsteiermark is considered a world-class region for Sauvignon Blanc. Weingut Sattlerhof have prime holdings from which they produce regional, village and single-vineyard wines.
The regional Südsteiermark Sauvignon Blanc is vinified in stainless steel tanks and has a bright, elegant and aromatic green apple and citrus character. The estate’s signature wine, ‘Gamlitz’ Sauvignon Blanc, spends 12 hours macerating on the skins before fermentation in stainless steel followed by 5 months on fine lees. The south-facing aspect of the Gamlitz village vineyards and their sandy-quartz soils create a distinctive yellow plum and white peach scented wine with subtle saline inflections.
At the top of the Sattlerhof range are the ‘Erste Lage’ and ‘Grosse Lage’ single vineyards, classified within the STK (Styrian Terroir and Classic Winegrowers), a strict quality association.
Made with grapes grown on the steep slopes of their highest site at an altitude of 550 metres and taking its name from a small chapel in the middle of the vineyard, `Kapellenweingarten` Sauvignon Blanc is a thrilling new addition to the Sattlerhof range. Platinum Medal winner at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2022, this alpine Sauvignon Blanc is multi-layered and savoury, with notes of ripe pear fruit and lemon zest.
The 2021 Sauvignon Blanc Beerenauslese is a botrytised wine that displays scents of white-fleshed peach and preserved lemons, with hints of hay, flowers and honey. Fermented and matured for 8 months in stainless-steel tanks, the palate is radiantly clear and elegant, with a vibrant acidity balancing the creamy-sweet flavours.
The grapes are sourced from 35 years old vines planted on the `Kapellenweingarten` single vineyard in the Eichberg area. This is their highest site, sitting at an altitude of 550 metres and taking its name from a small chapel in the middle of the vineyard. The varieties Sauvignon Blanc, Morillon and Muskateller thrive particularly well on the steep south-facing slopes, surrounded by forests and in close proximity to the Koralpe Mountains. The infertile calcareous and gravel soils in this cool and airy microclimate allow for fully ripe grapes with moderate alcohol levels, crisp aromas and a mineral core.
Following a warm January, February and March were very cool, resulting in vines budding late which has mitigated the late frosts risk. This was followed by one of the warmest spring on record and the subsequent early flowering in mid to late May. The night rains were a threat in Styria and Andreas Sattler recalls that there were only four days without rain between March and July. The early advance in the vegetation cycle persisted throughout the very dry and hot summer. Abundant rainfall returned in the autumn season, making meticulous selection necessary. This has led to volume losses of 20% to 30%, especially for the vineyards observing organic practices where sprayings are not allowed. The ripe aromatic Sauvignon Blanc turned out to be typically expressive and was harvested at great levels of quality and acidy levels slightly below those of 2017
The grapes were selectively harvested by hand into small boxes to ensure only the top-quality fruit is used, followed by gentle pressing and fermentation with indigenous yeasts. Unlike the other wines from the Sattlerhof range which are vinified in stainless steel, Kappellenweingarten Sauvignon Blanc was fermented and matured in large used oak vats, to avoid an overly reductive style. The wine was bottled and released for sale in May following the harvest.
Platinum Medal winner at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2022, this alpine Sauvignon Blanc is multi-layered and savoury, with well-defined notes of ripe pear, mango, lemon zest and flint. The palate has an elegant and defined structure, with a pleasant saltiness and a long aftertaste.