Ex Vero I 2017
A Wine That's
bright, tight and mineral, and one of the examples that helped to redefine what Styria is capable of. Need something to wake up your palate? This will do the trick, better than any exercise we know ;)
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- Winemaker: Werlitsch
Where and How?
This is biodynamically farmed Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grown on the lower parts of the slopes of Werlitsch. Here, the soils have more clay content, so they tend to give a slightly richer wine. Pressed directly, fermented naturally and aged undisturbed on the lees in large Austrian oak foudres for more than two years, before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
The Winemaker: Werlitsch
Ewald Tscheppe of Werlitsch is a winemaker who ditched the security of producing simple, easy-to-sell, “drink now, not for ageing” Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays. Inspired by the likes of Marcel Deiss, Gravner and Radikon, Ewald set out to see what his Styrian soils might be able to produce if given the chance. By throwing convention out of the window and by following an inert belief that biodynamic farming is the way forward, Ewald and his friends’ wines have changed how Styria is perceived.
They are wines of haunting aromas that age more impressively than most white Burgundies. They may be serious, fine wines, but they are in no way rigid or strict. Instead, they emanate good vibes and drinkability; testament to healthy farming and healthy wines. By giving the wines time and by not putting them into tight clothes by over-sulphuring them, he allows them to be true to themselves and to their place.