|Production Method||Biodynamic, Natural, Organic|
|Wine Type||Dry White Wine|
|Wine Style||Medium bodied|
|Total Sulphur||15 mg/l approx|
|Annual Production||0 - 5,000 bottles|
|Ageing Potential||10 years|
|Food Matching||Firm White Fish, Light Dishes & Salads, Umami, Vegan Dishes|
Welschriesling Vom Opok Werlitsch 2017
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- Ewald and Brigitte Tscheppe's farm ‘Werlitsch‘ has become the synonym for 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 already visited biodynamic farms in different corners of the world and subsequently decided to transition the efforts of his work on biodynamic principles too. Despite the local market raising eyebrows and rarely enjoying this ’non-traditional’ Styrian style he kept going until people from further afield started noticing. The core range are the Sauvignon Chardonnay blends called ‘Ex Vero‘ which are divided further into different expositions of the incredibly steep vineyards surrounding the family’s house. While Ex Vero I comes from the 'least‘ steep vineyards, Ex Vero II and Ex Vero III almost exclusively come from sections of the hill where the vines grow on the poorest parts of the rock, where it’s almost impossible to work with any form of tractors or machinery. The so-called 'Opok', a local chalky marl builds the foundation of the hills, giving the wines its singular character.Just like in the vineyards, the hands-off approach continues in the cellar. Fermentation happens naturally and may take up to a year, giving the wines plenty of time to evolve. All wines spend 18 to 30 months in barrel before being bottled. In addition to the main range, Ewald and Brigitte also bottle single-variety wines such as Welschriesling, Morillon and Sauvignon Blanc which should deserve equal attention. In ideal vintages they also produce skin-contact wines such as their phenomenal Glück or Freude.
1701 Franciacorta is a 10 ha biodynamic certified winery.
As members of Renaissance des Appellations they follow biodynamic farming methods for all their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards. They produce Franciacorta Brut, Saten and Rose and a Vintage Dosaggio Zero in exceptional years. The range also includes Sullerba, a semi-sparkling Chardonnay 'sur lie' which is great fun, totally un-touched during the wine making and excellent value.
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