Rosé Vom Opok 2018

Rosé Vom Opok 2018

Maria & Sepp Muster

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COUNTRY
Austria
GRAPE
Blauer Wildbacher
Blaufränkisch
Zweigelt
IMPORTER
Jenny & François
REGION
Styria
SIZE
750ml
WINE TYPE
Rose
WINEMAKER
Sepp Muster

Total Area of Production: .5 hectares

Age of Vines: 34 years old

Yields: 3000 kilograms per hectare

Soil: Limetsone and clay silt

Varieties: Zweigelt, Wildbacher, Blaufränkisch

Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested and then destemmed. They ferment in 225-liter 18 year old barrels with indigenous yeast. The remains in barrels for elevage for about 20 months. Zero sulfur is added and the wine is unfined and unfiltered.

Maria and Sepp Muster took over his parents’ 10-hectare winery in Styria in 2000 and began to work the vines biodynamically. They had an easy transition, as no herbicides or pesticides had ever been used there before. Rocky clay and silt soils dominate the steep hills of their vineyards. This clay silt is known locally as “Opok” after which two of their wines are named. The Graf wines also feature the opok soil but have steeper south-facing slopes that reduce yields and produce wines of more structure and pronounced mineral character. And finally, they make orange wines like Erde, which can be found in special clay bottles.