Sauvignon Blanc was never a grape that was constantly passing my lips...and don't expect me to suck on a gooseberry if you offered me one!.
However, I am being convinced more and more that in Austria...there are great wines made from the grape and, more importantly, wines made in a style that suit me.
The two below are obviously from the top end...but were worth every penny.
Neumeister Sauvignon Blanc
South East Styria, Austria
Not a well-known property....More gloss than glass if you get my drift...but that is not a complaint...just the way the wine comes over. A luxurious Sauuvignon Blanc aroma...large barrels are used but the oak comes over so well integrated...there are exotic fruits and yellow peppers...and a trace of vanilla. Even at this age it is very drinkable and very harmonious. Soft and mild even....but on the second day it broadened it's shoulders and there was a gentle explosion of fruit on the palate. A solid wine with mild acidity...and as do many of the Smaragd wines of Austria...they remind me a lot of excellent Condrieu...which gets me every time.
Tement Sauvignon Blanc
South Styria, Austria
Manfred Tement is more well-known however....Glass Stopper...Purists...get used to it! A spiky diamond...intense lychees and grapefruit...very fine acidity pushing the fruit upwards and onwards...elegant and good use of oak...will improve even more
Points 17.5 - 17.75