• The Wines
  • The Wines
  • The Wines
  • The Wines
  • The Wines

THE WINES

Wine style

Our wines represent the overall character of their immediate surrounding. This implicates the uniqueness of the vines, soil, microclimate, people and vineyard location as well as the specific vintage. This results in individual, fine and multiple-layered (complex) wines, which over the years, alter in their aromatic structure. The goal is to allow them their potential for maturity and longevity.

Most-important criteria in the wine cellar

- Careful treatment
- Spontaneous fermentation (with natural wild yeasts)
- Preference for barrels and casks
- Long storage (up to two years) and late bottling, to obtain the optimal maturity and harmony of the various taste and aroma components

INDIVIDUAL VINEYARDS

Vom Opok

Hand-harvested grapes grow on clay/silt soil. The up to 70 % steep slopes are partially located in bowl-shaped areas. The illyric climate with hot days and cool nights is influential. The wines are fruity with soft mineral character and of lively fruity-acidic playfulness.

Wines offered:

- SAUVIGNON VOM OPOK
- GELBER MUSKATELLER VOM OPOK
- WELSCHRIESLING VOM OPOK
- OPOK
- ROSÉ VOM OPOK
- ZWEIGELT
- ROTWEIN


Sgaminegg and Graf

Wines from carefully selected handpicked grapes from southern-faced slopes with specific soils (i.e. "Opok") and nature-generated cluster reduction. These wines differ from those of Vom Opok vineyards with a fuller structure, more extract/density and pronounced mineral character.

Characteristics of the Graf vineyard:
Opok soil with lime and clay/silt, less harvest (20 hl/ha). The influence of the Koralpe doesn´t play as much an influence in the grape aroma. In that they are more protected from it than the Sgaminegg vineyard. These wines are bottled after 22 months in the cellar.

Wines offered:

- GRAF SAUVIGNON
- GRAF MORILLON
- GRAF ZWEIGELT

Characteristics of the Sgaminegg vineyard:
The best vineyard of the estate has pure Opok soil, showing itself with sparse vegetation with less grape clusters (10-15 hl/ha). The winds from the Koralpe play their influence here directly.
The varieties Sauvignon Blanc and Morillon are matured and cuvee-ed in wooden barrels. They are bottled 22 months after cellaring.

Wine offered:

- SGAMINEGG


Orange wine

Orange wines are wines from white grapes, which are fermented on the mash with the grape skins, partly with the stems. This method is usually practiced in making red wines, but rarely with whites. Normally, the juice is immediately pressed and separated from the skins. These skins and stems contain colour pigments, tannins and phenols, which impart the wine with an “orange” colour. This can vary according to variety and year from a rich yellow, also pink, to a vibrant orange. The colour, smell and taste are no longer “white”, as associated with typical white wines. A new style of wine has developed. The texture is concise, compact, rich in tannin, aromatic and complex. In spite of being “different”, orange wines are excellent food accompaniments. For us, this is a fascinating experience and we love the agreeableness of these wines, the new taste experiences and their originality.

For our orange wines we take small and scantly grown berries. The “Gräfin” (Sauvignon blanc) ferments 2-4 weeks on the mash. The “Erde” (Sauvignon blanc, Morillon) remains 6-12 months on the mash. The wines are, of course, spontaneously fermented, as are all of our estates wines and mature in wooden barrels for at least 20 to 22 month. They are bottled with no filtration.

Wines offered:

- GRÄFIN
- ERDE

Weingut Maria & Sepp Muster, A-8463 Leutschach, Schlossberg 38, Südsteiermark, Österreich, Tel.: +43 (0)3454 70053