Gräfin — Sauvignon Blanc 2018
A Wine That
has become iconic in the natural wine world, precisely because this is Sauvignon Blanc, but not as you know it. Instead of overt aromatics, this gives you a salty, mineral glimpse into the smoky side of this grape variety, and it's utterly spellbinding. An orange wine for sea salt lovers.
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- Winemaker: Muster
Where and How?
The Gräfin cuvée is the Muster wine found distributed over the most countries in the world out of any of their wines, and for good reason. The grapes come from the unique 'Opok' clay-limestone silty soils, and naturally have small berries, so the fruit is concentrated. It is this soil which is said to give the wine its pronounced mineral character.
The grapes macerated for three weeks, during which time the juice started fermenting naturally. This shorter maceration period created an orange wine, but a lighter style — this is the entry-point into the world of skin-contact wines. After pressing and ageing for a whopping 22 months in the cellar, the wine is then bottled unfined and unfiltered.
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.