Pössnitzberg is a unique single vineyard site destined to produce great white wines. It’s a predominantly south-facing site, at around 400m-540m above sea level, forming a basin that traps the sun, ripening the grapes fully. It is also steep, with inclinations up to 75%, further increasing the sun exposure.
The interaction of the soil structure and of the climatic factors has seen these Sauvignon Blanc wines classified as “Große STK Ried” (Grand Cru STK) with delicate minerality, very salty on the palate, a tight structure and high ageing potential. The yields are limited to just 45 hl/ha.
Pössnitzberg is located in the southern part of the "West Styrian Bay". The soils are dominated by "Steirischer Schlier", a combination of clay and fine sandy, mixed with gray-green coloured marls including plant fossils and sandstone interstratifications. These shallow chalky soils are called “Opok”.
The grapes are exclusively harvested by hand. Once at the winery, the juice is subject to spontaneous fermentation with natural yeasts. The wine then matures for 24 months in small oak casks before release.
Alcohol: 13.0% vol
Acid: 6.2 g/l
Residual sugar: 1.5 g/l
CRITIC RATINGS95 Falstaff
93 James Suckling
93 Robert Parker
On the nose the wine builds with hints of acacia blossoms, redcurrant, mandarin and a flinty stone aromatic. The palate is tight, with notes of white pepper, stone minerality, nectarine, and a saline touch which lifts the juicy acidity to leave a long, refreshing finish and a beautifully clean palate. Drinking beautifully now, but could develop well for a decade of so.
This wine pairs well with stuffed paprika, veal, roast beef, game dishes, duck breast, oven roasted freshwater fish, crayfish and lobster.