Maria & Sepp Muster 'Sauvignon vom Opok' 2018
Producer: Maria & Sepp Muster
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Notes: Grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed, and gently pressed. They are fermented in 2400-liter oval wooden casks with indigenous yeasts. The wine then spends about 20 months aging in big neutral wooden casks. Bottled without fining or filtration, no sulfur added.
Vineyard area: 10 hectares (~ 43 acres), estate-owned
Vineyard management: certified organic and biodynamic (member of Demeter since 2003)
Soils: Opok, i.e. rocky clay and silt over chalky marl subsoil
Main varieties: Sauvignon, Chardonnay (locally called Morillon), Zweigelt
Annual production (approx.): 25,000 bottles
Winemaking: beautifully minimal. Spontaneous fermentation only, neutral clay and oak vats or barrels, no fining, no filtration, no added sulfur.