2018 Schauer Sudsteiermark Sauvignon Blanc

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Weingut Schauer is an historic farm and winery nestled in the Sausal mountains, in the southeast of Austria close to the border with Slovenia. This is an historically poor region, with pervasive subsistence farming predating international recognition for its wine. Sauvignon blanc was planted here in the 18th century and has become the region’s most prized variety, though wines made from welschriesling, morillon (chardonnay), grauburgunder (pinot gris), and gelber muskateller (muscat) are also of significance here. There’s an extraordinary gravity and concentration to the sauvignons from this part of the world, no doubt a result of the steep slopes of slate- and schist-rich soils. Schauer’s is an excellent example, and one that would dazzle when paired with fava beans, complex salads, and full-flavored cheese.

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