Tschermonegg Cuvee Styria 2003, 750 mlfrom Tschermonegg (View all)
“This wine is light bodied, with 10.5-11.5% alcohol. It’s a dry wine with lower acidity. In English you could call it Cuvee Styria [in German the name is ‘Cuvee Steiermark’] and it’s our lightest wine; especially well suited for warm weather days. The blend is mainly Welschriesling, which gives it the lightness and spritzy-ness. The Muller Thurgau and Gelber Muskateller lend the aromas, and then the Sauvignon Blanc provides the spiciness. The result is a light wine that is fruitier, with a light aromatic that is a mixture of floral spice and exotic fruits. I would suggest that it is good for restaurants, as it pairs well with many foods. A lot of fun.” -Vintner Erwin Tschermonegg
A blend of 55% Welschriesling, 25% Muller Thurgau, 10% Gelber Muskateller, and 10% Sauvignon Blanc, balancing together what is best about the Styrian region.
|Vinaria||15.8 - “15.8 out of 20. Subtle and fine with clear aromas. Very clean, elegant and svelte, yet very present. A little Muscat that fits very well.”|
|Bottle size (ml)||750 ml|
|Residual Sugar||3.3 g/l|
|Cellar potential||Drink now|
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Located as they are on the highest point in Southern Styria, one could say that the Tschermonegg’s look down on everyone else. But in fact the opposite is true: their wines may just be the most approachable around, and the family-run winery the most accommodating. With its adjoining restaurant and a bed and breakfast, it's the ideal spot to make your base camp if you plan to explore this wine region.
The winery is comprised of 30 acres planted 90% white, 8% red and 2% sweet with an annual production of 8330 cases. This is one of the larger Austrian wineries that Winemonger brings over. But it’s the wine that this is all about, and Erwin Tschermonegg’s wines are mighty fine. The vineyards are situated more than 550 meters above sea level which puts them above the fog that rolls in, thus enhancing the quality and health of the grapes to the absolute maximum. The wine cellar boasts state-of-the-art equipment that allows them to unite the very best of traditional philosophies and know-how to modern technical expertise.
Each of their wines possesses its own essential and type-distinctive character, yet at the same time embraces a manifold variety of fragrances and flavors. Then their cuvee “Southern Styria” mixes it all up and serves the whole of the region to you in one glass.
Südsteiermark, Southern Styria, rolls over quite a geological kaleidoscope of soil types: from sand to slate, from marl to fossil-limestone. A warm and moist Mediterranean climate provides excellent conditions for growers who have made their mark on the world-stage with Sauvignon Blanc, driven to extremes of aromaticity by the mineral influence of the various soils. The vegetation season spreads itself out late into the autumn and the nights are cool all along the way.
There are almost 2,000 hectares of vines growing in the wildly romantic landscape of Southern Styria, where the extremely hilly terrain provides most of the hundred-some growers with plenty of exercise as they first cultivate and then harvest their vines.
Other varieties producing idiomatic and tempting wines include Traminer, Muskateller, Welschriesling (no relation, it's the Italico, not the true Rhine Riesling) and Chardonnay, here called Morillon. Current national borders are not always consistent with tradition and history. Untersteiermark, Lower Styria, lies below the Austrian border in Slovenia.