With viticultural roots that extend back at least 400 years, Axel and Herta Stiegelmar are the current generation producing an almost endless range of good whites, reds and sweet whites at Gols on the eastern shore of the Neusiedlersee. A total of 80% of production is red but the dry whites include a distinctive elderberry-scented Sauvignon and a clean, pure Chardonnay (Altenberg) that sees only large oak. Reserve Chardonnay and Villa Juris Pinot Gris (the latter from Hungarian vineyards) are a little too steeped in oak but have good texture and depth. Selection reds are round, supple and flavoursome, mostly notably the Blaufränkisch and St-Laurent. Wolfsjäger is a supple, brambly blend of Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt. Reserves show generally well worked oak and an elegant, stylish complexity – Pinot Noir and St-Laurent are really good Austrian examples (St Georg combines the two grapes) and the same can be said of Blaufränkisch and Cabernet Sauvignon. The inviting Ina’mera Reserve is a very successful blend of Blaufränkisch, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Most diverting, however, are the sweet wines. There’s an intensely perfumed and stylish Strohwein from Scheurebe grapes dried on reeds for 3 months, while a richer Chardonnay TBA (made in minute quantities) has great sweetness and spiced honeyed fruit intensity. A real oddity is a Pinot Noir TBA, with very intense preserved stone fruits character.
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