Fritz Tinnacher’s 17 ha of vines run up and down slopes in the very south of Southern Styria, just north of the border with Slovenia. There is good quality throughout the range, especially in the best wines from the Eckberg and Steinbach vineyards. Sauvignon is good even in a basic Steireiche Klassik bottling but significantly better in a mineral-edged Steinbach and richer, more complex Welles examples. Both Chardonnays (Morillon) are stainless steel vinified then aged in large oak. There is a purity and minerality akin to a Saint-Véran in the Eckberg, and both density and minerality in the ageworthy Steinbach version. Grauburgunder is rich and detailed, a dry flavoursome Roter Traminer releases rose and blossom scents while an intense, sweet Eiswein has better definition, complexity and sheer style than Beerenauslese. There is also a red called simply Steinbach from Zweigelt and St. Laurent but this hasn’t yet been tasted.
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