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Morillon 2017 — Chardonnay


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shows that there's Chardonnay and then, there's world-class Chardonnay. The Styrians have planted Morillon (the local name for the variety) many centuries ago and when you taste this incredible wine, grown on the unique 'Opok' soil, you can see why they kept going. Imagine dripping fresh lime juice into a barrel of gun-powder, resulting in an explosive interpretation of mojito - that's Morillon 2017 by Ewald Tscheppe of winery Werlitsch.

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  • Winemaker: Werlitsch
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Where and How?

This is biodynamically farmed Chardonnay ‘vom Opok’ - a brown clay/ chalky marl typical for this region. The vineyard is situated on incredibly steep slopes with a gradient of up to 50 per cent. The grapes are harvested by hand in September, after which they are destemmed and directly pressed. Malolactic fermentation is allowed to take place, before the wine is then bottled unfined, unfiltered and without sulfites.

The Winemaker

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.

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