The congenial winegrower from the Südsteiermark loves the distinctive mineral interplay of different soils in wine and is completely dedicated to the vinification of these sophisticated expressions. He realised at a young age that for him the truth about wine lay in the soil. Since then, the terroir fanatic has worked without compromise to vinify wines from various sites in a way that faithfully expresses their contrastive character. The wines of Hannes Sabathi can always be recognised by their clarity, depth and precise personifications of the soil.
Three of Sabathi’s top wines vinified from the Steiermark’s marquee grape variety Sauvignon Blanc are now also available in Belgium and the Netherlands via Vinetiq:
2017 Sauvignon Blanc Gamlitz
Gamlitz is a small village, but a very well-known name. Not only because the photogenic town has received many awards for its beautiful flowers… Gamlitz has a very special reputation among wine connoisseurs, because it is one of the most famous viticultural spots in Austria. Located in the south of the Steiermark, right on the border with Slovenia, Gamlitz benefits from many hours of sunshine, while the high elevation of the vineyards guarantees cool air currents and slow maturing for the grapes – in other words, ideal conditions for growing Sauvignon Blanc. This Ortswein (villages wine) from Hannes Sabathi is a merry fellow with tightly-knit, fine acidity and an unmistakably salty character, who charmingly presents the typical character of the region.
€ 19.50 at www.vinetiq.eu
About: Weingut Hannes Sabathi
Hannes Sabathi is frequently called ‘the Sabathi with the roots’. This, of course, stems from the visual appearance of the labels, but it conceals a much deeper truth. Hannes Sabathi loves the soil! In his vineyards, he has dug many holes and investigated the soils, in order to better understand the interaction of soil and grape variety. ‘It is from the soil that a wine gets its unmistakable character. This fascinates me’, says the winegrower. The family estate with thirty hectares of vineyards is located on the Kranachberg in the Südsteiermark near Gamlitz. In 2005, Hannes Sabathi took over the small family operation from his parents, and since led it to the upper echelon of the Styrian winegrowing community. From the very beginning, his guiding maxim was the idea of origins. With this uncompromising attitude, he has assumed a pioneering role that has decisively moulded the development of the entire region.
Vinetiq is a wine boutique specialising in cool-climate wines – wines made at higher elevations or in cooler regions. Vinetiq focuses on premium quality, with online service via its webshop, but is also developing a robust offline presence in the culinary sector and at entertainment events – and by the end of 2019 with its own wineproducing domain, Valke Vleug in Puurs. The Vinetiq assortment today features almost 300 wines from fifty wine estates from all over the world, mostly small & exclusive producers. Vinetiq is managed by Pieter Raeymaekers (WSET 4), with co-owners Jan Van Lancker & Johan Stoffels.
Hannes Sabathi wines are available at vinetiq.eu,
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