March 26, 2024

Sattlerhof Trockenbeerenauslese Sauvignon Blanc

Who makes it?

Sattlerhof Trockenbeerenauslese Sauvignon Blanc is a rich and unctuous dessert style made from this hugely popular grape. The Sattler family have been making wine on their Austrian wine estate since 1887. Weingut Sattlerhof is very close to the Slovenian border near the village of Gamlitz, and in the Austrian wine region of Südsteiermark.

The winemakers in the Südsteiermark region are renowned for their Sauvignon blanc. So it is no surprise that Sattlerhof offers a range of fine Sauvignon Blancs. And this is without a doubt, the sweetest. 

How do they make it?

Sattlerhof Trockenbeerenauslese Sauvignon Blanc is not just organic, it is also a biodynamic wine. The grapes for this wine were picked late, around the end of September when they were most ripe. This wine undergoes a fermentation in stainless steel to maintain that fruit purity. It then spends between 4 and 5 months on fine lees to develop some additional spice and mouth texture.

The vines producing these grapes are around 40 years old further adding to the complexity and concentration of this particular wine. 

Don’t be misled by the ‘trocken’ on this label. Here trocken refers to the ‘dried’ nature of the grapes, not the final wine. The late harvested grapes are richly endowed with sugar.  Therefore, as you might expect, this TBA (trockenbeerenauslese) has over 215 grams/litre of residual sugar.  Some years, this can be around 240 g/l.

To make a TBA, the conditions have to be just right. Therefore, you will find that these wines are not made except in exceptional vintages.

What does it taste like?

Ambrosia. Sattlerhof Trockenbeerenauslese Sauvignon Blanc is luscious and unctuous and smooth. The aromas of honeyed peach and melon float from the glass. While the wine itself is fuller and rounder in body it still retains a fresh acid to keep it from being cloying. It is a very intensely concentrated wine on the palate. The finish is more of mandarin peel and honey than the fresher peach and stonefruit aromas suggest. 

This wine will mature with more honeyed with mid to long term cellaring. 

What to drink it with?

A dessert style wine such as this requires fruity desserts, although, you can still match them with foie gras. You can also match this very well with crème brulees. Why not try a zesty lime crème brulee? It would be delicious.

Cheese

Blue cheese is superb here as the sweetness offsets the salty tang of the cheese. The high acid also cuts through the creaminess. 

Quickie review « This wine is a great reminder to expect the unexpected from the Austrians. An intensely sweet Sauvignon Blanc is definitely an unexpected treat. »

Country of Origin:  Südsteiermark, Austria
Tasting Date:
 January 2024
Price:  UK £ tba | €35 | 
Drink: now – 7+ years 
Needs food: no
Source: tasting

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