Werlitsch Ex Vero II s 2017
This Sauvignon Blanc - Chardonnay blend comes from 12-55 yr old vines planted on higher parcels where the soil has fewer nutrients and retains less water controlling vine vigor and forcing the roots deeper into the earth, yielding fruit with more complexity and finesse. The soils here are lime marl locally known as "Opok".
Hand-harvested, spontaneously fermented and aged for 2 yrs in large 3 yr old French, Croatian, and Hungarian oak barrels.
The wine is at first 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. The 2017 finished fermentation at 17.5g of residual sugar. A perfect pairing for many Asian dishes.