2003 Erwin Sabathi Pössnitzberg Sauvignon Blanc
> Mineral and white flowers, good gooseberry fruit B+
> 2003 Erwin Sabathi Poharnig Sauvignon Blanc
> Smokey, with a flinty note. Fruit seems a tad riper here. B/B+
> I'd like to taste these from a less ripe vintage- I think a little
> extra acidic zing might make for a great SB.
No problem, 2004 is coming ...
But you are right, of course: 2003 was a totally exceptional year.
Very good in Burgenland, rather late in other regions except
Wait until you get the better 2003s in red - the best ever!
2004: The top names once again did an exceptional job. Generaly
spoken, it's rather classic with good aciditiy levels, very fresh,
the fruit having a texture you can almost feel on the palate,
nearly like a mousseux. I have to confess to like them a lot. The
whites have a distinct vintage note: A fruit that reminds of
stone-fruit, but also fresh white pears. Many Veltliners hav a
hint of riesling in that vintage.
HTH a little,
We should have our first container arrive with some of the 2004 vintage
in just a couple of months, and I am REALLY excited about these wines!
I'll let you all know first when I have them available.
Not in this container. Some of our Steinfeders and Classics have the
synthetic cork, but none of our wineries are doing screw caps yet.
It's something we'll explore with the bigger producers in the future,
though (maybe Sabathi, for their Sabathini?)
We ordered a bottle of the Hirsch GV at dinner not long ago, to see how
our dining companions reacted to the screw cap. These were not exactly
"novice" wine drinkers, but not too seasoned either. They were, of
course, very surprised (and very skeptical, which they tried not to
show) This screw-cap revolution is going to be a long education
I'm not sure. Things are changing quite fast here in Austria,
despite Falstaff Magazine's fierce writing against screw tops (and
glass stoppers). Otoh, both Vinaria and A la Carte are very much
pro screw-caps (no wonder, I write for both ;-).
Now even news magazines have jumped onto the train:
Bottom right: Click on "Top-Winzer läuten Ende der Korkära ein"
It's certainly the hot topic, and I think that everyone who either
posts on wine-related boards or reads wine publications (even just
occasionally) has either made up their mind about it, or are at least
aware that screw cap does not equal cheap bad wine.
What I'm talking about is the huge bulk of wine consumers who don't
know a huge amount about wine, but know enough to tell when a wine is
good or foul, and are willing to spend a little more money per bottle
for the drinkable stuff. I don't think they necessarily know that some
good wines come under a screw cap, and they may not have the confidence
to serve up a screw capped bottle to friends. This is where I think the
education process will take some time.
But as more of these stories hit the mainstream press, things will move
The vintners of Austria are special. They seem among the most willing
to combine the latest technologies with centuries of tradition, so long
as it serves to create great wines.
Emily, I'd love to see your notes on your '04 wines after they arrive
I realize it is tough for producers to be in the vanguard of screwcaps.
With a few exceptions who rhapsodize over the "romance" of cork (do
they want my bottles that smell of wet cardboard-now those are
romantic!), most geeks are pretrty onboard as to preferring screwcaps
(at least on wines intended for consumption w/in 5 years of bottling).
But the much of the general public associates screwcap with cheap. But
as more bottlers take the leap, and some press, hopefully that will
I was describing wines from Saturday to a semi-geek at a party
yesterday. He liked Austrian GVs, but had never had an Austrian SB.
When he asked me what they were like, I struggled a bit. What I
eventually came up with was that your Sabathi SBs reminded me a bit of
focused pure Loires. The Pössnitzberg more like a Sancerre, while the
Poharnig was more like a Pouilly-Fumé. That's not really fair to your
wines, they deserve to be viewed in their own right not compared to
Loires, but it was best analogy I could come up with for this guy's
frame of reference.
You meant Hope That Helps. And indeed it did, a good concise
But I could regard it as Hope That Hurts, as I contemplate damage to my
checkbook of a good Austrian vintage. :)