Terry Theise and Michael Skurnik Pre Sale
Believe it or not, these wines were ordered in June 2015! Just when we thought they were NEVER going to arrive, we received and e-mail letting us know they are here! Renowned importer and wine guru Terry Thiese now works with Michael Skurnik to curate some amazing selections from Germany and Austria. This partnership brings some of the most respected winemakers to your front door! One cannot mention Terry Thiese without mentioning his raw wine writing talent. His incredibly poetic style is sure to captivate even the most restrained wine lover. For a great read and to re-inspire your romanticism for wine, check out his book Reading between the Wines.
Sattler St. Laurent, Neusiedlersee, Austria 2014
Erich Sattler is a fourth generation winemaker and took over the family estate in 1999. According to Erich, “We make wine as my grandfather did, only with better machines.” Erich’s vineyards are located to the east of Lake Neusiedl, which moderates the warm air from the easterly Pannonion plain’s continental climate. Soil here is mostly gravel from the Danube River that dried up over two million years ago. Most of Erich’s St. Laurent and Zweigelt vines are over 40 years old, which allows them to produce wines with full ripeness and soft tannins.
Winemaking philosophy here is minimal intervention. Everything is fermented in stainless steel with an open top with only natural yeasts (no inoculation). The goal hear is to produce varietally correct wines that are dense and smooth, with integrated tannins and pleasant acidity.
St. Laurent is a black grape varietal long thought to be related to Pinot Noir and most commonly found in Austria. 2014 DNA profiling of the grape established that it is the decedent of Pinot and Savignin. Known for producing deep colored, velvety reds with notable concentration. Sattler’s St. Laurent boasts a nose of fresh juniper berries and mint. It is full bodied and balanced with a palate of cherries, ripe plum, and cedar. Enjoy now or stow it away for 5-10 years!
Sattler Zweigelt, Neusiedlersee, Austria 2014
Zweigelt is Austria’s most popular dark-berried grape. It is the cross between Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent orchestrated by Dr. Zweigelt in 1922. As expected, you will experience high acid from the Blaufränkisch and elegance from the St. Laurent. Growers in Austria love this varietal because it ripens earlier than Blaufränkisch and buds later than St. Laurent, thus making it a generous yielding grape. The varietal is starting to spread to winemaking regions east, like the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. You’ll also start seeing it in British Columbia and Japan!
Sattler’s Zweigelt is an open-top fermenter (in congruence with the house style) for two weeks. It is then aged in small, mostly new oak barrels for a year with minimal filtration. The saturated color reflects deep ripe fruit aromas of cassis, black berry, and ripe strawberry. Structure with this wine is impressive with secondary aromas of incense and spice that unfold in a seductive manner.
Strub Grüner Veltliner Troken, Germany 2014
The Strub family has been producing beautiful wines for 11 generations, since the early 18th Century! Walter Strub is one of the first to plant Grüner Veltliner in Germany just over 12 years ago. These clippings were sourced from the famed Bründlmayer vineyard in Austria. Grüner Veltliner is known for being productive and relatively hardy, which is why it is Austria’s most commonly planted variety. It is dry and surprisingly full-bodied, laden with notes of white peppercorn, sugar snap peas, and spice. This varietal’s claim to fame amongst Sommeliers is that it pairs with the “un-pairable”–artichoke hearts and asparagus!
Sattler St. Laurent, Neusiedlersee, Austria 2014, 19.99
Sattler Zweigelt, Neusiedlersee, Austria 2014, 19.99
Strub Grüner Veltliner Troken, Germany 2014, 19.99