2013 Tement Grassnitzberg Sauvignon Blanc Styria

SKU #1270018 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 0 This wine does take time to open up but convinces with a spicy freshness dominated by lemon zest and a suggestion of wet pebbles. Concentrated yet subtle, this deserves some aging but is delicious right now. (AK)  (3/2015)

90 points Vinous

 Bright yellow. Delicately aromatic bouquet combines lemongrass, quinine and flint. Juicy and verging on austere, offering flavors of candied citrus, ginger and peat smoke. Dense but subtle and light on its feet, and showing no excess fat, this Sauvignon Blanc finishes vibrant and long. This had just been bottled when I tasted it at the estate and may well improve in the cellar. (JP)  (9/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Grassnitzberg is intense and aromatic on the nose, where lemon chutney flavors along with dried fruit aromas (white peaches and apples) are displayed, whereas the stony flavors are currently well hidden compared to the 2014. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated on the palate, this is a powerful Grassnitzberg that is slightly bitter and drying in the tannins. The wine finishes with lemon peel aromas, but is still very young and searching its balance. (SR)  (4/2016)

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Sauvignon Blanc

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