Welschriesling Vom Opok 2017
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- Winemaker: Werlitsch
Where and How?
This is biodynamically farmed Welschriesling from vines situated in the steep Styrian hills a few minutes away from the border with Slovenia. The vines grow on chalky marl soils known locally as ‘Opok’. The Welschriesling is allowed to ferment spontaneously in large, neutral oak barrels, before being bottled unfined, unfiltered and without sulfites.
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.