One of the great Sauvignon Blanc's of the world. It's style is somewhere between Bordeaux's Pavillon Blanc and Alphonse Mellot of the Loire Valley. The Tement's were the first to make world renowned wine from Styria, helping to launch the appellation into the spotlight. They started during the Parker years, where bigger was always better, and made rich, ripe wines for cellaring, which were very different than the watery, simple, acidic wines, of the region. But now, with the next generation in charge, they continue to push the envelope both with farming, winemaking. Now the name of the game is restraint, balance and finesse, but with Zieregg, their top site there is still and unending pool of concentrated limestone minerality and enough fruit to develop over decades. A must in any serious collectors cellar.
"Tement's 2018 Ried Zieregg GSTK Reserve IZ displays a vigorous yellow color as well as a dense, intense, woodsy nose with ripe, concentrated fruit. It is very present in contrast to earlier vintages, which, for all their fascination, were far more untamed and enigmatic in their youth. The wine is rich and lush on the palate but firmly structured, with clove and wood flavors, a dense and very concentrated texture and firm but fine tannins. This is an almost stunningly powerful, dense and substantial Sauvignon with great, aromatic and juicy length. As always, it is an exciting Sauvignon blend, in this case from a warm vintage with clear, very aromatic fruit. 13.5% stated alcohol. Vinolok closure. Tasted in Grafenegg in September 2022. 97 Points" -- Stephen Reinhardt, The Wine advocate