Große STK Ried
Single Vineyard Pössnitzberg
Grand Cru STK
Extreme steepness, intensive manual work,
very chalky soils, a great white wine terroir
The Single Vineyard Pössnitzberg is the most southern single vineyard in Styria and it is very important for our winery. The name „Pössnitz” originates from the Slavic word “pesek” and means “sand”.
The name refers to the two streams of the same name, which are not inseparable. The first documentary mention of “Pesnich” dates back to 1139.
In 1436 the “Pößnitzberg” is first mentioned in a document. At that time, Count Friedrich Cilli leased several properties to Jacob Trapp in Leutschach and in Arnfels and also three “Huben” (farmsteads) “under Smylenwerg (Schmierenberg) at the Pesnitzperg (Pössnitzberg).” At that time the Counts of Cilli had been the landlords on “Pößnitzberg”.
Based on an old wine-growing map of Styria, chronicles from 1904 and 1914 manifest the name “Pössnitzberg” as a state prototype vineyard.
Steepness and extremely chalky soils account for grand, deep terroir wines – laborious and intensive manual work provided.
In the fifties our grandfather Johann Sabathi recognised the potential of the site Pössnitzberg and acquired the first core of this precious vineyard. Even at that time he reproduced the best plants of his 50-years old Sauvignon Blanc-vines.
This extremely steep and rocky single vineyard benefits from partly very old vines and deep roots. Due to an inclination of 75% this vineyard needs to be cultivated almost by hand.
The Single Vineyard Pössnitzberg is predestined as a great white wine terroir. Due to the interaction of the soil structure and of the climatic factors this single vineyard is unique. These Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay wines are very authentic. Our wines from Pössnitzberg, classified as “Große STK Ried” (Grand Cru STK), are delicately mineral, very salty on the palate and show a tight structure and high ageing potential. The harvest yield is limited to a maximum of 45 hectolitres. Grand Cru STK wines are allowed to be offered for sale at the earliest on the 1st of May after 18 months of maturation.
a predominantly south-facing location forming a basin with eastern and western extensions and an inclination of up to 75% (the major part more than 50% of inclination)
Warm winds coming up from Slovenian valleys meet cool air streams from the Koralpe Mountains in the west. These extreme temperature differences cause a spicy and multi-faceted aroma spectrum.
From the geological point of view the Pössnitzberg is located within the southwestern Styrian sea basin. Approximately 16 million years ago some 1000 meters of mighty marine sediments accumulated. Geologists describe these fine marine sediments as “Styrian Schlier”. It consists of chalky fine-sandy, mostly green-greyish marl clay or argillaceous schist with deposits of sand, fossils of leaves and gloss carbon residues. These scarce and very chalky soils, called “Opok” (chalky marl), are characterised by a humous topsoil formed by weathering, which often does not exceed a height of 20 centimeters, and firm sedimentary rocks.
Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay