Maria & Sepp Muster - Erde Orange
Varieties: Sauvignon Blanc and Morillon
Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested and half are destemmed. They are fermented in 600-liter wooden barrels with indigenous yeast. The grapes macerate on the skins for 6-12 months before they are transferred to 1200-liter oval wooden tanks for elevage for 20 months. The wine is lightly sulfured at bottling and is not filtered or fined.
About the Winemaker:
Maria and Sepp Muster took over his parents 10-hectare winery in Styria in 2000 and began to work the vines biodynamically. They had an easy transition, as no herbicides or pesticides had ever been used there before. Rocky clay and silt soils dominate the steep hills of their vineyards. This clay silt is known locally as “Opok” after which two of their wines are named. The Graf wines also feature the opok soil but have steeper south facing slopes that reduce yields and produce wines of more structure and pronounced mineral character. And finally, they make orange wines like Erde, which can be found in special clay bottles.