Maria and Sepp Muster Graf Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Type: White
Country: Austria
Region: Steiermark
Grape Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Viticulture: Natural Wine | Biodynamic | Certified Organic

Climate: Mediterranean with continental influences
Terroir: 33 years old vines grow on marl soil
Winemaking: Grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed, and fermented in 1200-liter wooden casks with indigenous yeasts. The wine is then transferred to 225-litre barrels for elevage for around 23 months and is bottled without fining or filtration and with zero addition of sulfur

Color: Light yellow
Nose: Aromas of caramel and gooseberry
Palate: Nice salty minerality and some notes of lime and green mango. A touch of creaminess and a fantastic acidity

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).