Werlitsch Ex Vero II 2020
"Ex-Vero" - Latin for truth is what Ewald Tscheppe of the Werlitsch winery is after. Ewald lets nature shape his wines, working biodynamically in the vineyard and with minimal intervention in the cellar.
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. 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 very 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.