Neumeister Sauvignon Blanc Klausen Premiere Cru STK 2015

Dark-spiced aromas and flavors with salty and peppery notes. Organically farmed on the steep hillsides of the Klausen vineyard.
SKU: 2703
$36.00

Details

Details

From the winemaker: Dark-spiced aromas and flavors with salty and peppery notes: Our Klausen Sauvignon Blanc is a straightforward representative with a mineral edge and structuring tannins leading to a savory and long finish. Our approach to winegrowing and winemaking is very sophisticated, as is our demand for quality. At a time when it’s usual for the squeakiest wheel to get grease, we deliberately follow a long-term, sustainable and elaborate operating principle to craft elegant wines that are characterized by composure and complexity, yet are enticing and satisfyingly profound. Straden is located in Styria’s volcano country, in the southeast of Austria. It is influenced by an Illyric-Pannonian mixed climate that offers warm days and cool nights. The Mediterranean and Alpine impacts provide sufficient rainfall at an average of 900 mm per year, which affords a long growing season and late harvest in fall. In this challenging climatic environment, we cultivate 30 hectares under vine, distributed over numerous small, even tiny patches stretching over steep slopes and originating from formerly mixed-planted private vineyards. The geology of these vineyards is formed by calcareous sediment soils from two different origins. On the one hand, sandstone and shell limestone go back to mudflats that covered the entire Styrian Basin until 11 million years ago and, on the other hand – to a larger extent – from Sarmat gravel coming from the Alps in the Tertiary Period and deposited here, in a river delta, while carrying along a very high portion of limestone and hornfels. Due to its topography, this region features small plots with their different, individual microclimates rather than extensive vineyards. Many of these plots have reached 50 years and more, some being still trained according to “stockkultur” (one single vine tied to a post). Although this involves cumbersome, sometimes uneconomical manual work, we do believe in the manifestation of this complex and labor-intensive starting point in our wines. Since 2013, we have practiced organic farming. All our efforts are supported by our long-term team.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Farming Standard organic
Winemaker Christoph Neumeister
Producer Neumeister
Alcohol 13.50
ml 750
Residual Sugar (g/L) 1.10
Acidity (g/l) 6.20
Closure Cork
Cellar Potential Ready now this wine will age for 5-10 years
Grape Variety 100% - Sauvignon Blanc
Body medium
Sweetness dry
region Styria

Region

Styria


Styria’s lovely landscape frequently evokes comparison with Tuscany. And it certainly offers one of the most beautiful wine-happy environments to be seen anywhere. Steiermark is comprised of three subregions, Southern Styria (Südsteiermark), Southeastern Styria (Südoststeiermark) and Weststeiermark (Western Styria). Untersteiermark (Lower Styria) lies south of the border in the sovereign state of Slovenia.

In Southeastern Styria, the volcanic hillsides roll out some 3300 acres of vines, mostly white varieties like the famous Sauvignon Blanc, light and refreshing—also chardonnay (light and refreshing as well, not much oak). These wines are all characterized by a fine mineral spice that offers delicacy to complement their vibrant character.

The wildly romantic landscape of Southern Styria offers nearly 5000 acres under the vine—planted in part on precipitous slopes in a wide variety of soils ranging from sand and slate to limestony marls. Again, Sauvignon Blanc leads the way, although brilliant wines from Muscat and Traminer also find their way to us here in America.

Weststeiermark has some 1100 acres planted to vines—almost exclusively devoted to a single variety, the Blauer Wildbacher. Of uncertain parentage, this little acid-factory is famous for yielding a wine called Schilcher—an acquired taste than some folks cannot live without. Most Schilcher is consumed within the domestic confines of Styria and often at one of the many "Buschenschank" places, the Styrian equivalent to Vienna's "Heuriger", where locals congregate to drink wine and eat small dishes.

Subregion

Eastern Styria


For us at Winemonger the region of Eastern Styria centers around the Neumeister winery in Straden, a small amphitheater-like chain of steep hills that provide vastly different soil and climate conditions than the rest of Styria. The soils here contain limestone from two sources: maritime deposits from an ancient seabed and even larger chalk deposits stemming from Alpine runoff. Combined with higher precipitation, the meager lime stone soils allow for an extended ripening period and elegance in the wines produced here that is immediately apparent at the hands of a producer like Neumeister.

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