Polz Ried Hochgrassnitzberg, Sauvignon Blanc, Südsteiermark, Austria, 2017

Polz Ried Hochgrassnitzberg, Sauvignon Blanc, Südsteiermark, Austria, 2017

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Overview of the Wine
It has now been 109 years since our great-grandfather Johann Polz laid the foundation for our winery on Grassnitzberg, since Rilke wrote his Duino Elegies and since the Titanic sank in the North Atlantic. What a year!

Today, we are already the 4th generation of our family dedicated to transferring our idea of excellence into a glass. With our hands. With our soils. With nature.
Since the spring of last year, Erich Polz Jr. has been heading the estate with a crystal-clear vision of guiding all the magnificent potential and valuable know-how inherent to his family's long history and winemaking tradition into a fruitful, robust future. A future for many more generations to come here on the estate. And a delectable future for all lovers of our wines throughout the world.

Erich’s brother Christoph is responsible for the cellar and vinification. Sensitive, calm, with great confidence in every single grape. Because at the Polz wine estate, every single fruit is carefully handpicked as it sets out on the honourable journey to its gratifying destiny. It makes no difference whether we are talking about territory wines typical of the region and variety, full of freshness and liveliness, or about the greatest possible growths of our domain that have aged to perfection. Fact remains: we are passionate about working by hand. And our skills grow directly from our origins in southern Styria, from our terroir.

Sustainability has been a major focus of our work for many years - and in future it will be even more pronounced. This includes gentle grapevine pruning, which we have been practising for more than a decade, the complete avoidance of insecticides and glyphosates, and the conversion of our vineyards to organic farming, which is already being implemented.

In the words of Erich Polz Jr.:
“We have been constantly learning and evolving at the wine estate for 109 years. We work with thriving vines that are planted in healthy soils. We strive for harmony, balance and excellence in our wines with great passion. And we are now also stepping more and more onto paths that have never been travelled before. After all, there is nothing riskier than risking nothing.

Grape / Blend
Sauvignon Blanc

Südsteiermark, Austria

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
View: After its first service in a wine glass beautiful and attractive bright yellow-green shown.

Nose: It offers delicious aromas of ripe stone fruit, gooseberries and fine herbal notes, which develop in the fragrance.

Mouth: It has a great length in the mouth, is complex, delicately spicy and a long and pleasant finish.

94 Points - Wine Enthusiast 
Smoke and notes of grilled hazelnut play about the creamy apricot fruit on the nose. The creamy palate still breathes some of that smokiness but mellows out into a lovely, creamy, concentrated display of apricot, lemon brightness and cream. The finish adds zestiness. While this is exciting now, some bottle age will round it out. Drink now–2035.

94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From 30- and 42-year-old vines and vinified in traditional 20- and 25-hectoliter oak vats for one year and another six months on the fine lees in stainless steel, the 2017 Ried Hochgrassnitzberg Sauvignon Blanc HG –G STK– displays a clear, refined and crystalline, spicy/herbal nose with yeasty notes and elegant, discreet and quite ripe fruit. On the palate, this is a round, lush and intense, charmingly fruity and very elegant HG Sauvignon with a lot of power, grip and complexity. This is a great, complex, crystalline, salty, tightly woven and very persistent Sauvignon with a great character.

Product size: 750ml

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