Gerhard Wohlmuth oversees what is one of southern Styria’s larger quality estates. The 60 ha of vineyards include some leading sites planted to more than a dozen varieties, 70% white. These are the real stars, including two starkly contrasting Sauvignons. Steinriegel comes from very steep schist slopes, is mostly fermented in stainless steel and has ripe, mineral-infused fruit and good breadth and intensity. Three other premium Sauvignons are also released. Edelschuh and Hochsteinriegl are also single vineyards while the Kitzecker example comes from a number of sites. Premium Terroir and Single Vineyard Riesling, Chardonnay, Gelber Muskateller, Pinot Gris and Sémillon are also made as well as an old vine Gewürztraminer and a green fruited stainless steel fermented Pinot Blanc Gola. Reds include an attractive plummy Aristos (Blaufränkisch and Cabernet Sauvignon) and a much more ambitious Rabenkropf from Blaufränkisch but from a lower-yielding single vineyard with over 45-year-old vines. Both are from Burgenland. The latter sees 100% new oak, a little too evident in both structure and flavour, but there is potential here. A Rabenkropf Privat is also released in the very best vintages, the latest being a 2007. Also made but not yet tasted are varietal Blaufränkisch and Pinot Noir as well as kosher red and white.
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