Maria and Sepp Muster Graf Morillon 2013

Type: White
Country: Austria
Region: Steiermark
Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Viticulture: Natural Wine | Biodynamic | Certified Organic
Rating: 92+ Robert Parker Points

Climate: Mediterranean with continental influences
Terroir: Vines grows on rocky clay and silt over chalky marl subsoil
Winemaking: Grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed, and gently pressed. They are fermented in 2400-litre oval wooden casks with indigenous yeasts. The wine then spends about 2 years ageing in neutral wooden casks. Bottled without fining or filtration, no sulfur added

Color: Light golden
Nose: The intense aroma of the wine reveals notes of gooseberry, apricot, orange peel, yellow apple, wet stones, silicon and white flowers
Palate: Clean, dry, mineral, with hints of white peach, melon, orange peel, nectarine, smoky nuances and high acidity. In a long, sharp aftertaste, notes of grapefruit, salt, stones and light bitterness remain

About the Winery:
Sepp & Maria Muster are a highly esteemed wine-producing couple in the Styria region of Austria. Together, they make up one of the five member-producers in the group Schmecke das Leben – “taste the life” – composed of five natural winemakers in Styria with a collective vision of respect for nature and creating wines that express their origins.

Their vineyards are farmed sustainably, and mainly Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay (locally called Morillon), Gelber Muskateller, and Zweigelt are grown. The couple’s winemaking philosophy is heavily rooted in respect for the earth, soil, and nature – to trust it rather than overrule it. This is also reflected on the labels of their wine, which are paintings of a late friend of theirs and are abstract expressions of the earth, sky, and grape. Sepp & Maria Muster is best known for its expressive and complex white wines, including Graf Morillon, Erde, and Sauvignon Blanc Vom Opok (the ‘Opok’ refers to the limestone, clay, and silt soil).