Sattlerhof is a leading producer in Austria’s South Styria region. The Sattler family was one of the earliest in the region to bottle high-quality dry white wines beginning in the 1970s. Sattlerhof belongs to the prestigious STK (Styrian Terroir and Classic Winegrowers), an association with strict quality standards and an esteemed vineyard classification.
About the Vineyard
South Styria lies in the south of Austria near the Slovenian border and specializes in aromatic and refreshing dry white wines. The vineyards of Sattlerhof are centered around the village of Gamlitz less than 10km from the Slovenian border and includes several top vineyards rated premier cru and grand cru by the STK group.
The Sattler family produces sweet wines when conditions allow. This Trockenbeerenauslese was produced from Morillon, a local name for Chardonnay, from vineyards with sand, gravel, and shell limestone soils near Gamlitz. Grapes were harvested and sorted by hand. Vinification was in stainless-steel tanks followed by 4-5 month on the fine lees before bottling.
Morillon Trockenbeerenauslese shows a heady and intense aroma of apple pastry, vanilla, cinnamon, and preserved lemons. The flavor is incredibly rich and sweet but balanced by racy acidity that results in a wine that is simultaneously sweet and vibrant. This is a wine with an aging potential of twenty years or more.
Trockenbeerenauslese or TBA is a rare and incredibly laborious wine to produce and is for many a “Meditationswein” often consumed without the accompaniment of food. Pungent cheeses such as blue or aged washed rind cheeses make an excellent contrast to the sweetness of TBA while sweet dishes featuring dried fruits, caramel, or nuts make the best dessert pairings.