Sauvignon Blanc Ried Gaisriegl – 2017

Region: Austria - Südsteiermark


On some of the highest and steepest winegrowing slopes in all of Central Europe, where winegrowing was documented as early as 1757, a pair of brothers continue their family tradition. Bernhard and Stefan Schauer have taken over the reins of their family’s winery and brought their own passion to this corner of Südsteiermark in southern Austria. Records in the village church document the early winemaking of the Schauer family. Once a farm of mixed agriculture, the crop is now grapevines. Grown on the top of hillsides, the vines thrive in the slate and schist-rich soil.

Since the beginning, there has always been a Schauer family winemaker overseeing viticulture and winemaking in Kitzeck-Sausal. Both the great-grandfather and grandfather of the present generation were farmers and made wine. In 1980, Karl Schauer completed the conversion of all farming to grapevines. In 2010, he passed primary responsibility for the estate to sons Stefan and Bernhard. The brothers are passionate winegrowers who always work together, in the vineyards, in the cellar, or in their parents’ Buschenschank (traditional Austrian wine tavern) and guesthouse. Stefan is the winemaker and runs the winery with Bernhard, who handles marketing and all administration. They have grown the winery quickly in the past several years: from 25 acres /10 hectares in 2010 to 70 acres/28 hectares in 2019.


95 Points

NAMED #53 of TOP 100 CELLAR SELECTIONS of 2020     10/28/2020

A hint of smoke and a touch of flint on the nose slowly give way to a nutty, lemony note. The palate displays smoky hazelnut, lemon, apricot and a creaminess that still has to knit together. This is not ready yet but holds all the elements of future glory. The acidity is bright and luminous, the body balanced, the fruit vibrant and the finish dry. Drink 2023–2040. Cellar Selection

Wine Enthusiast, March, 2020
90 Points

Gaisriegl faces south, its ruddy schist soils rising to 1,800 feet above sea level. It produces Stefan Schauer’s most intense sauvignon blanc, with 2017 a prime example. The fruit is juicy but firm, like Asian apple and exotic citrus; its dense texture helps to absorb its peppery power. If you open it now, decant; otherwise, wait a few more years, then pour it with monkfish or other meaty seafood.

Wine and Spirits, April, 2021