Werlitsch Ex Vero II s 2017

A cuvee of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, full and expressive while lots of tension from good acidity and stony minerality.



"Ex-Vero", or 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. 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.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Farming Standard biodynamic
Winemaker Ewald Tscheppe
Producer Werlitsch
Alcohol 0.00
ml 750
Residual Sugar (g/L) 17.50
Acidity (g/l) 6.30
Closure Cork
Cellar Potential Long Term.
Grape Variety 50% - Chardonnay
50% - Sauvignon Blanc
Body light
Sweetness off-dry
region Styria



Styria’s lovely landscape frequently evokes comparison with Tuscany. And it certainly offers one of the most beautiful wine-happy environments to be seen anywhere. Steiermark is comprised of three subregions, Southern Styria (Südsteiermark), Southeastern Styria (Südoststeiermark) and Weststeiermark (Western Styria). Untersteiermark (Lower Styria) lies south of the border in the sovereign state of Slovenia.

In Southeastern Styria, the volcanic hillsides roll out some 3300 acres of vines, mostly white varieties like the famous Sauvignon Blanc, light and refreshing—also chardonnay (light and refreshing as well, not much oak). These wines are all characterized by a fine mineral spice that offers delicacy to complement their vibrant character.

The wildly romantic landscape of Southern Styria offers nearly 5000 acres under the vine—planted in part on precipitous slopes in a wide variety of soils ranging from sand and slate to limestony marls. Again, Sauvignon Blanc leads the way, although brilliant wines from Muscat and Traminer also find their way to us here in America.

Weststeiermark has some 1100 acres planted to vines—almost exclusively devoted to a single variety, the Blauer Wildbacher. Of uncertain parentage, this little acid-factory is famous for yielding a wine called Schilcher—an acquired taste than some folks cannot live without. Most Schilcher is consumed within the domestic confines of Styria and often at one of the many "Buschenschank" places, the Styrian equivalent to Vienna's "Heuriger", where locals congregate to drink wine and eat small dishes.


Southern Styria

Südsteiermark, Southern Styria, rolls over quite a geological kaleidoscope of soil types: from sand to slate, from marl to fossil-limestone. A warm and moist Mediterranean climate provides excellent conditions for growers who have made their mark on the world-stage with Sauvignon Blanc, driven to extremes of aromaticity by the mineral influence of the various soils. The vegetation season spreads itself out late into the autumn and the nights are cool all along the way.

There are almost 2,000 hectares of vines growing in the wildly romantic landscape of Southern Styria, where the extremely hilly terrain provides most of the hundred-some growers with plenty of exercise as they first cultivate and then harvest their vines.

Other varieties producing idiomatic and tempting wines include Traminer, Muskateller, Welschriesling (no relation, it's the Italico, not the true Rhine Riesling) and Chardonnay, here called Morillon. Current national borders are not always consistent with tradition and history. Untersteiermark, Lower Styria, lies below the Austrian border in Slovenia.

SKU: 3263