|Grape/Varietal : Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay||Color : White|
|Origin : France||Bottle Size : 75cl|
|Region : Stryia||ABV : 12.5%|
|Vintage : 2019||Natural Factor: Biodynamic|
Ewald Tscheppe makes some of the most distinctive and expressive white wines in Austria. He biodynamically farms 8 hectares of vines in the southern part of Styria - a region famous for its limestone rich clay soils. The winemaking culture in this mountainous part of Austria can be traced all the way back to Roman times, and the region has some of the oldest Sauvignon Blanc plantings outside of France. Ewald took over the family winery in 2005, and works the 8 hectares of vines biodynamically.
Ewalds Ex Vero series is emblematic of his winemaking philosophy. Ex Vero means from truth in Latin and captures Ewalds primary concern - to make honest, authentic wines that capture a sense of place. The three wines in the series come from three different vineyard sites planted on a limestone rich slope with an impressive diversity of soil types. Most of Ewalds wines are blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Morillon (Austrian name for Chardonnay), and are aged for at least 22 months in large oak barrels. The long ageing is an integral part of Ewalds winemaking style and brings out the unique, terroir - driven character of his wines.
The grapes for the Ex Vero II come from mid-slope vines that range from 30-40 years in age, at around 300 meters above sea level with a south east aspect. Ewald hand picks on the earlier side, often two weeks before his neighbors. The grapes are destemmed and ferment spontaneously in old oak barrels. Aging also takes place in a mix of French, Croatian, and Hungarian used oak barrels and lasts for a minimum of 22 months.
A blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, the wine is at first very flinty, floral, leesy on the nose with tart, high-tones of green apple, yellow pear, and underripe pineapple on the palate. The wine has a fullness yet is incredibly stony, with very high acidity. Think flint of a Sancerre mixed with the petrol notes of an Alsatian Riesling and the crisp, stoniness and tree fruits of a Chablis.
Pairs Well With:
Roasted beetroot & goat's cheese salad
Comodores - Machine Gun