Blaue Libelle 2018, Andreas Tscheppe (Styria, Austria)
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Grapes: Sauvignon blanc Region: Styria, Austria Style: White ABV: 12% Any added sulphites: Minimal Filtered: No Size: 75cl
Young, light, and aromatic!
These Sauvignon grapes are hand harvested, destemmed, and pressed into 300-2000 litre 2-15 year old barrels where they ferment spontaneously. The wine is racked 2-3 times and a small amount of sulfur is added during vinification to preserve freshness. The wine rests in the same barrels for 18 months and is bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Andreas Tscheppe is making beautiful examples of natural wine in Styria, in very much the same spirit as Franz Strohmeier and Sepp Muster. These vineyard sites are gorgeously terraced and are bursting with life: butterflies, dragonflies and beetles are just a few of the creatures you will find while walking through these vines, and they are all represented on the labels of his wines. Andreas works only with white grapes, some of which are fermented with the skins to produce orange wines. All the winemaking involves a minimum of 18 months in barrel for the wines to integrate with oxygen well and come into their own before being bottled.