AUSTRIA

Austrian wines are mostly dry white wines (often made from the Grüner Veltliner grape), though some sweeter white wines (such as dessert wines made around the Neusiedler See) are also produced. About 30% of the wines are red, made from Blaufränkisch (also known as Lemberger, or as Kékfrankos in neighbouring Hungary), Pinot Noir and locally bred varieties such as Zweigelt. The country is also home to Riedel, makers of some of the most expensive wine glasses in the world. Some of the best producers of Austria include Weingut F.X. Pichler and Weingut Franz Hirtzberger, Weingut Hutter, Weingut Eigl and Wellanschitz.

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  1. TEMENT 2016 SAUVIGNON BLANC ZIEREGG GROSSE LAGE NATURAL, UNFILTERED, from Styria

    Item #: i_342393
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE - 96+ POINTS The intensely yellow colored 2016 Ried Zieregg Sauvignon Blanc is incredibly deep, intense and spicy on the ripe, concentrated and fresh nose that intertwines vegetal and chalky notes with spicy and coolish fruit flavors (gooseberries, black cassis). On the palate, the wine is silky textured, dense and concentrated yet tight, refined and elegant, showing gorgeous bitters (grapefruit) in the long, promising finish... Armin Tement believes it is the finest Zieregg the domain has ever produced, and I agree... Tasted June 2018. Stephan Reinhardt.

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    12-HOUR SKIN CONTACT NATURAL YEAST FERMENTATION, UNFINED, UNFILTERED

    About Tement: Weingut Tement is a family winery in Austria. The vineyards are located in Sudsteiermark (southern Styria) directly on the border with Slovenia, on a narrow plateau into which the slope of the Zieregg cru gently flattens. Armin and his father Manfred, who founded the estate in 1979, handcraft some of the most highly awarded Austrian wines. The farming is certified Organic by Lacon. All fermentation is naturally occurring from indgenous yeasts and all wines are aged on the lees without sulphur. The crus are bottled without finings and filtratons. Their Sauvignon Blanc was the first to receive a rating of 20/20 points by Rene Gabriel and the Zieregg Sauvignon Blanc is always in the TOP TEN of the best wines Austria. The intensely yellow colored 2016 Ried Zieregg Sauvignon Blanc is incredibly deep, intense and spicy on the ripe, concentrated and fresh nose that intertwines vegetal and chalky notes with spicy and coolish fruit flavors (gooseberries, black cassis). On the palate, the wine is silky textured, dense and concentrated yet tight, refined and elegant, showing gorgeous bitters (grapefruit) in the long, promising finish, though it's still a bit closed. Armin Tement believes it is the finest Zieregg the domain has ever produced, and I agree with that. If it is also the greatest, I can't yet tell, but I'll let you know as soon as I know it. Tasted June 2018. Stephan Reinhardt.

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    12-HOUR SKIN CONTACT NATURAL YEAST FERMENTATION, UNFINED, UNFILTERED

    About Tement: Weingut Tement is a family winery in Austria. The vineyards are located in Sudsteiermark (southern Styria) directly on the border with Slovenia, on a narrow plateau into which the slope of the Zieregg cru gently flattens. Armin and his father Manfred, who founded the estate in 1979, handcraft some of the most highly awarded Austrian wines. The farming is certified Organic by Lacon. All fermentation is naturally occurring from indgenous yeasts and all wines are aged on the lees without sulphur. The crus are bottled without finings and filtratons. Their Sauvignon Blanc was the first to receive a rating of 20/20 points by Rene Gabriel and the Zieregg Sauvignon Blanc is always in the TOP TEN of the best wines Austria.
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