A long-established family estate bolstered by the purchases of prime vineyards by Erich and Walter Polz in the eighties. There is now more than 50 ha and typically for southern Styria there is a quite a large range of wines, mostly dry whites but also reds and a sweet white. Steirische Klassik varietals are nothing special but excellent Grauburgunder and Traminer are produced from the Grassnitzberg’s sandstone soils. Aged only in large oak, both are concentrated, pure and expressive. A third in a trio comes from Weissburgunder. Excellent Sauvignon comes from the steep Hochgrassnitzberg slopes right on the border with Slovenia. Barrel-fermented and aged there is lots of structure and finesse in a regular version Another Sauvignon ‘Therese’ from the 450m Thereseinhöhe vineyard has good fruit and structure and is also a good bet. Chardonnay (Morillon), with the exception of the excellent ‘Moth‘ example is generally a touch less assured, the fruit in Obegg and Hochgrassnitzberg somewhat overwhelmed by the winemaking. Urbani is a convincing deep, oak-lined but wellbalanced blend of Zweigelt, Cabernet Sauvignon and Blaufränkisch. There is potential too in Pinot Noir – produced from vines only planted in 2000. A fine Hochgrassnitzberg TBA from Morillon and Sauvignon has very sweet, concentrated botrytised fruit and good balance.
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