jamie goode's wine blog: Sauvignon in Stryria, day 4 and summary

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Sauvignon in Stryria, day 4 and summary

Back home after a wonderful few days in Austria. Graz proved to be a fantastic venue for the worldsauvignon conference: the organization was utterly perfect (in particular, good quality simultaneous translation into three languages is quite a feat), and it's a very easy city to spend some time in. It would be a nice place to live: big enough that there's cultural richness and some people to hang out with, but small enough that it feels relaxed and friendly. Pictured above, by night.

The sessions on the final day included a very polished paper by Larry Lockshin on marketing issues, a Masters of Wine panel conducting a tutored tasting of 12 very interesting Sauvignons from around the world, and a final panel looking at the market for wine in Germany, Russia, the UK and the USA.

After the conclusion of the conference, Tim Atkin and I joined some of the NZ guys for beer at the top of the mountain. Graz is unusual in that it has a small mountain right in the middle of the city. You can take a furnicular, or a lift, or even walk up - and at the top there's a beautiful beer garden with views over the city. It was a lovely way to end what was an inspiring and stimulating three days.

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At 6:04 PM, Blogger Jack at Fork and Bottle said...

Okay, I'm very curious: What were those "12 very interesting Sauvignons'?

At 7:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this insight, Jamie.

Whilst I am in no position to comment on the technical papers, I do find the "don't bother ageing it" comment surprising. Do you think Sancerre growers like Cotat, Mellot, Bourgeois etc. are wasting their time? And what about SB in its botrytised form?

Interested to hear any comments on that!


At 12:24 PM, Blogger Jan-Tore Egge said...

So you tasted the Sauvignons of southern Styria, but did you get a chance to taste some Schilcher from western Styria?

At 10:08 AM, Anonymous keith prothero said...

Were any Cape wineries represented Jamie?

At 10:37 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Jack, I'll put notes up in the next few days

Ian, I think they are exceptions that don't prove the rule. Very good wines, but not a model others should strive after. Generally, Sauvignon works best making young wines, I reckon.

Jan-Tore, no.

Keith, some SA researchers were there, and some SA sauvignons were shown, but they didn't show too well.


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