Great Sauvignon Blanc Tasting, Weinwelt 2011
No other white grape variety has experienced a boom in recent years comparable with that of the Sauvignon Blanc.
With its distinctive aromas, which, depending upon ripeness, swing back and forth between cassis and gooseberry, grass and passion-fruit, Sauvignon Blanc has won its way into the heart of the wine-drinker—and has in the meantime taken root in nearly all nations in the wide world of wine.
The German magazine Weinwelt organised 531 samples into what is certainly the most comprehensive tasting to take place on German soil, where 213 German Sauvignons, 55 from France, 59 from New Zealand and 52 Sauvignon Blancs from Austria entered into competition. The Austrians certainly outshone all other nations by far, and among all Austrians the Styrians took pride of place. Austria won every position in the Top Ten, but in the middle of the Styrian phalanx, two wines from Kollwentz in Burgenland figured quite prominently, with their Sauvignon Blanc Steinmühle ranking 3rd, and the Sauvignon Blanc ‘Methusalemreben’ taking 5th place.