A Wine That
unlike any other wine of Ewald's collection 'Legoth' is a field blend of local varieties including lesser-known Styrian varieties like Weissburgunder, Müller Thurgau and Sämling. Compared to its bigger Ex Vero siblings the Legoth bottlings always seem quieter at first, but with fantastic texture similar to the great wines from the French Alps.
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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 Legoth cuvée comes from a very old vineyard owned and trusted by a good friend of Ewald a few minutes away from the main vineyards.
The vineyard is a mix of prevailing clay and limestone with a sandy top soil layer. The grapes usually used in this blend are Chardonnay, Weissburgunder, Müller Thurgau, Sämling but also Sauvignon Blanc and Muskateller. The grapes are destemmed and direct-pressed. Time here is the secret ingredient: the wine is aged for at least 18 months on the lees (sometimes more) in large old oak foudres and bottled with a tiny addition of sulphur, or none at all.
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.