Werlitsch

Ex Vero III 2020

A wine that embodies the notion of 'vertical wine.' The aromas are linear; lemon pith at the forefront with stoniness lingering on the palate for an eternity. The texture is angular; although this is a direct-press white wine with no skin contact, there are subtle tannins here regardless. This is as serious as fine wine gets, and this cuvée in particular has earned Werlitsch an international reputation as creator of some of the finest wines of Austria.

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 III cuvée comes from the top section of the slopes, which are planted on 'opok' soils (the local name for clay with a high degree of limestone), where the soils are particularly rocky and the vines struggle. It is predominantly Sauvignon Blanc, with some '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.

 
The Facts:

Farming: Biodynamic

Region: Styria, Austria

Vintage: 2020

Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay

Colour: White

ABV: 13%

Size: 75 cL

£69.00

About

Werlitsch

Ewald and Brigitte Tscheppe's farm‚ Werlitsch, has become synonymous with some of the world’s greatest white wines. The farm has come a long way, and its early beginnings in the 2000s were far away from easy. At that time, Ewald had already visited biodynamic farms in different corners of the world, and subsequently decided to transition the efforts of his work to biodynamic principles too. Despite the local market raising eyebrows and rarely enjoying this ’non-traditional’ Styrian style, he kept going until people ...

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