Peter Weygandt, our US importer with some words about our Sauvignon Blanc "Steirische Klassik" 2013:
When one examines all that goes into the 2013 Tement Sauvignon Steirische Klassik, one gains a real understanding and appreciation of why it is well-named, Klassik. This wine represents the three soil types of Styria and encompasses some of the best vineyard sites.
The blend starts with 60% from fossilized limestone mixed with marl. From this soil type there is a parcel in Zierregg (13 year old vines) Grassnitzberg (25 year old vines) and Ottenberg.
Another 20% is on gravel/sedimentary rock and includes parcels in the famous Sernau, Kranachberg, plus Rossberg parcels, all ranging from 6-30 year old vines.
The third soil type, 20% of the blend, is on schist/slate in the Hochkittenberg parcel.
All the grapes are entirely hand harvested at natural ripeness ranging from 12.3-13.5% with an average of 12.8 %/vol., thus, no chaptalization. Indigenous yeasts only were used.
The vinification was 80% in tank and 20% in large foudre (20 year old). No sulfites were added during the fermentation or elevage and though not certified, organic practices are now in use in the vineyards.
2013 Klassik is a beautifully balanced combination of a ripe and rich wine yet one with very high natural acidity, resulting in an overall sensation of minerality and length on the pallet. It is perhaps the best Klassik ever produced under the watchful hand of the young and very talented Armin Tement. And with our pricing, this thrilling wine is a serious entry as the best Sauvignon Blanc-value in the world.