Schauer

Weissburgunder Ried Hochtemmel – 2017

Region: Austria - Südsteiermark

Schauer

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.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Soil: Red slate
  • Aspect: South, Southeast
  • Altitude: 570 meters
  • Site: Narrow terraces
  • Vine age: 35 years
  • Yield: 3400 liter/Ha
  • Hochtemmel designates a very small vineyard on the Demmerkogel, with a South-Southeast exposition and an altitude of 570 meters. Its soils are mainly red schist, and narrow terraces are inaccessible to vehicles, making manual vineyard work necessary. The vineyard is protected by the Demmerkogel on the Western side.
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested beginning of October
  • Manual sorting
  • Native yeast fermentation,  100% in 500L used wood barrels for 2-3 months
  • Maturation for 18 months in same vessels
  • Full malolactic fermentation
  • Bottled in May 2019
Winemaker's Notes

From a small, south/southeast-facing, terraced monopole at 575 meters in altitude and vinified in 500-liter oak barrels for 17 months, the 2017 Weissburgunder Ried Höchtemmel is intense, pure, fresh and oaky on the youthful but promising and well-focused nose. On the palate, this is a medium-bodied, pure, vital and well-concentrated Pinot Blanc with fine tannins and a serious, sustainable finish. It’s an impressive, gastronomic and piquant white wine with a long and salty, tightly woven finish.

Wine Summary

100% Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc); alcohol 12.5%; red slate soils; vine age 35 years; altitude 570 meters; native yeasts only; 100% fermented in 500L wooden barrels; full malolactic fermentation; 22 months in barrel; bottled in May 2019.

Technical Information
  • 100% Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) grapes
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • RS: 1.5 g/L
  • TA: 5.9 g/L

Reviews

92 Points

From a small, south/southeast-facing, terraced monopole at 575 meters in altitude and vinified in 500-liter oak barrels for 17 months, the 2017 Weissburgunder Ried Höchtemmel is intense, pure, fresh and oaky on the youthful but promising and well-focused nose. On the palate, this is a medium-bodied, pure, vital and well-concentrated Pinot Blanc with fine tannins and a serious, sustainable finish. It’s an impressive, gastronomic and piquant white wine with a long and salty, tightly woven finish. Drink 2020 – 2035

© Wine Advocate, October, 2019

95 Points

CELLAR SELECTION  Bright, vivid lemon notes share the nose with a wonderful creaminess. The palate continues in this sunny, pure lemon and cream vision, presenting a concentrated body that comes on light, tiptoe feet. This is fresh but creamy, slender but mellow and oh so wonderfully textured. This makes the case for Weissburgunder, aka Pinot Blanc, of the highest order. Lovely now, it is certain to evolve. Drink now–2035.

Wine Enthusiast, March, 2020

General Info

Country Austria
Region Styria
Appellation(s) Südsteiermark
Proprietors Bernhard & Stefan Schauer
Founded 1757
Winemaker Stefan Schauer
Annual Production 8,333 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable