Ex Vero II 2006
A Wine That
is - simply put - one of the most striking and unique white wines on the planet. On first tasting, we dubbed it the Styrian love child of Raveneau (top Chablis producer) and Dagueneau (top Sancerre producer). Flinty and mineral, this almost feels like chalk on the tongue, with lime pith and passionfruit seeds. We are honoured to be able to present just a few bottles of this older vintage.
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- Winemaker: Werlitsch
Where and How?
The vineyards here have been renowned for qualitative wines for centuries; so much so that they were documented in a wine map of the early 1800s. The Ex Vero II cuvée comes from the middle section of the slopes, which are planted on 'opok' soils (the local name for clay with a high degree of limestone), and is half Sauvignon Blanc, half 'Morillon' (the local name for Chardonnay).
The grapes are destemmed and direct-pressed. Time here is the secret ingredient: the wine is aged for 22 months on the lees (sometimes more) in large old oak foudres with small amounts of sulphur.
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.