A major factor that helps South Styrian wines gain their unique aromas and flavours is the large diversity of soils. The warm, seashell limestone soils of the Flamberg vineyard date back to the ancient coral reefs of the primordial ocean. At a lofty 400 meters above sea level, the Chardonnay vines are planted in a well-protected, basin-like series of slopes, allowing for beautiful freshness in these mineral-driven wines. An 18-month ageing on the fine lees gives the wine complex aromas, elegance and balance.
Lackner Tinnacher have always focused on limiting yields for full flavour concentration. All vineyard work is carried out manually, including harvesting which is exclusively by hand.
Thanks to the cool microclimate of the Flamberg site, the grapes can remain on the vine for a particularly long time even in warm years. The harvest is late, with ideal aroma ripeness, elegant acidity structure and moderate sugar content.
Alcohol: 13.0% vol
Acid: 5.8 g/l
Residual sugar: 1.1 g/l
CRITIC RATINGS97 James Suckling
94 Robert Parker
On the nose the wine reveals white fruits, almonds, cardamom spice, and white pepper. On the palate, the concentrated, juicy flavours are lifted and refreshed by a delicate salinity and earthy notes. A wine to be enjoyed now, but one that will remain fresh for a decade of bottle ageing.
Pairs well with a range of fish dishes, shellfish and goats’ cheese.