Erde — Morillon & Sauvignon Blanc 2018
A Wine That
makes you question everything you thought you knew about wine. This is a wine of soul; a wine of contemplation. We won't start quoting philosophers, but we're pretty sure this wine would inspire a crowd of modern philosophical minds. Think orange rind, nutmeg, a twist of cinnamon and a sprinkling of white pepper. And there's something intangible here, something we simply cannot put into words... something that gives us goosebumps (the good kind). And for us, that's the sign of a truly great wine.
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- Winemaker: Muster
Where and How?
The Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay (locally known as Morillon) for this orange wine are grown at an altitude of between 430 and 470 metres above sea level on Opok soils. This quality of this unique soil is, according to Sepp, the 'steward' of this wine. This is reflected in its name, 'Erde', meaning earth in German. The uniquely high-up (around 1.80m) vines trained along a single wire (a method originally developed by Sepp's grandfather) help the grapes to reach perfect ripeness. Small, tightly skinned berries were especially sought out for this wine.
In the cellar, some of the bunches were destemmed, and others were left whole, meaning that aromas and phenols from the stems as well as the skins were allowed to leave their mark on the juice. Due to their unique training system, Sepp emphasises the stems never impart greenness, only a floral touch. After eight months of maceration, the wine was gently pressed to remove the skins, before then being aged in large, used oak barrels for 20 months. Bottled unfined, unfiltered and without sulfites in clay bottles.
The Winemaker: Muster
The Muster wines have become some of the most celebrated wines of Austria, but this isn’t due to a specific or technical aspect of winemaking. There’s no magic recipe here — rather these wines are so good because they’re allowed to simply be themselves: this is wine, uninterrupted. There’s a certain energy found within these bottles; an energy that can only appear in wine if the raw material — the grapes — have an intrinsic balance. This balance, meanwhile, comes from years of getting to know their vines. And there’s one thing we can say with certainty: Sepp and Maria know their vines.