WEINGUT WERLITSCH is a Biodynamic winery in the South Styria sub-region of Austria.
OWNERS Ewald Tscheppe (0676.3448390) and his wife Brigitte. Ewald started to make wine with his brother Andreas after they took over from their father in 2004. Even though they worked with the same grapes, the wines they made were entirely different, so Andreas moved over the hill. The brothers still share winemaking equipment and affection. Ewald’s sister Maria is one half of Weingut Maria & Sepp Muster.
VINEYARDS 9 hectares (22 acres). Overall 80% Sauvignon Blanc & Chardonnay (Morillon), plus a little Welschriesling and other grapes. Soils of Kalkmergel (chalky marl) and Opokboden (clay-silt). The vines are on two sites. There are 8 hectares near winery. The Sauvignon and Chardonnay come from an old mixed vineyard. The other vineyard lies a 20 minute drive away, has sandy soil, and is planted with 1 hectare of Müler-Thurgau, Pinot Blanc and Sämling 88
POLYCULTURE Walnuts for oil and liqueur, grape juice, and white wine vinegar.
CERTIFICATION 2008 First vintage with full Demeter Biodynamic certification. 2017 Still certified by Demeter
WINEMAKING 100% MLF. Holzfässern. Amphora.
MORILLON VOM OPOK Chardonnay from Opok (clay-silt) soil. 2011 25 mg/l total sulfites (Source: catalogue for RAW, London 17/18 May 2015).
SAUVIGNON BLANC VOM OPOK Sauvignon Blanc from Opok (clay-silt) soil.
EX VERO I Latin for ‘from the true and genuine’. Basic line from flat clay soils, giving wines with good if basic structure. 2006 61mg/l total sulftes. 2008 80% Chardonnay + 20% Sauvignon Blanc. 5 tonnes. 12% alcohol. 1.2 g/l residual sugar. Citric, full bodied, smoky, crisp at Millésime Bio January 2012. 4,000 bottles. 2009 30mg/l total sulftes.
EX VERO II A step up in quality from the Ex Vero I range. From less heavy soils, with lower yields. 2006 61mg/l total sulftes. 2007 45mg/l total sulftes. 2008 80% Chardonnay, 20% Sauvignon Blanc. 5 tonnes. 6,000 bottles. Nice, bready at M Bio 2012. 2008 52mg/l total sulftes. 2010 17 mg/l total sulfites. 2011 20 mg/l total sulfites.
EX VERO III From the lowest-yielding soils, steep, bowl shaped and south-facing. 2008 60% Sauvignon Blanc + 40% Chardonnay. 2,000 bottles. Smoky at Millésime Bio 2012. 2010 18 mg/l total sulfites. 2011 18 mg/l total sulfites.
AMPHORENWEIN Fermented and stored in kveri. 2009 Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc. 6-7months on skins in buried amphora. Pressed. Into oak for two years. 20mg/l total sulftes. 12% alcohol. 800 bottles. Nice Grüner Veltliner style, but odd too with the Sauvignon Blanc’s marmelade citrus at Millésime Bio January 2012.
WERLITSCH 2012 No added sulfites.
CONTACT Weingut Werlitsch (Ewald Tscheppe), Glanz 75, A-8463 Leutschach, Austria / Tel+ 03454.391 / www.werlitsch.com