One of the standard-bearers for southern Styria, Manfred Tement makes some superbly balanced and expressive whites, the majority from 45 ha of estate vineyards. Beyond a range of sound, varietally pure Steirische Klassik basics, he makes some very good Chardonnay (Morillon) and at times brilliant Sauvignon. The latter from Grassnitzberg vineyards (limestone) has strength and purity requiring a little ageing while another from Sernau (gravel and sand) has even better structure and can keep for up to a decade. Zieregg is Sauvignon more in a Bordeaux mould and is richly textured, powerful but balanced. It can result from as many as eight pickings from very steep slopes. Of the Chardonnay, Sulz Morillon sees used barriques and large oak that enhances an attractive minerality. The example from Zieregg is more powerful and oakier but has greater depth and potential. Tement’s sweet wines are floral, elegant examples in contrast to deeper, richer wines from other Austrian producers. There is also a little red but more important are those produced in collaboration with F-X Pichler (see ARACHON T FX T).
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