Graf — Morillon 2018
A Wine That
shows why Styria is capable of creating some of the most spellbinding examples of Chardonnay outside of France. There's something about the soils in this green region of Styria that creates magic: imagine Chablis in style, but with an additional bolt of electricity. Lime juice meets lemon rind with all of that saline goodness we crave in Chardonnay. A vinous delight from an iconic grower.
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- Winemaker: Muster
Where and How?
This biodynamically farmed Morillon (the local dialect for Chardonnay) comes from the older vines of the Muster vineyards, planted on higher vineyards on meager Opok soils, creating powerfully mineral wines.
The grapes were destemmed and gently pressed, after which the juice fermented naturally in large Austrian foudres. The wine was then left largely untouched to age for two years, before being bottled unfined, unfiltered and without added sulfites.
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.