This style of wine is called “Orange Wine”, due to the maceration over several weeks with the grape skins and a certain amount of grape stems. Fermentation takes place in the mash, as with red wines. This imparts the wine its unusual orange colour and taste.
The Gräfin is rich in tannin but still soft, full and shows a full spectrum of aromas. This unconventional wine invigorates in a special way body and soul.
This wine is harvested by hand and much care is taken with the selection of grapes to go into the wine. The fermentation of this wine is spontaneous as there are no artificial yeasts added and this process lasts for 2-4 weeks with the grape skins and certain amount of stems remaining in contact with the must in large wooden vats and casks. The process begins with a gentle pressing of the grapes over a period of 4 hours. No additives or filtering of the must is allowed and there is minimal use of sulphur. The Gräfin is aged for 2 years in wooden casks. The wine is not filtered prior to bottling. Biodynamic principles are practiced in both the vineyard and the cellar.
Pale straw in colour with pale hues, offering lifted citrus, floral perfume, marmalade and honey on the nose. The palate offers complex citrus of lemon, lime, grapefruit and orange zest, honey, good minerality, long length and a dry finish.
An elegant bouquet of fresh pears, citrus and white fleshed stone-fruit characters with underlying hints of oatmeal, nougat and roasted almonds. The palate is full bodied offering ample nectarines, pears and zesty lemony flavours. There is a lovely complexity with a creamy texture derived from lees stirring and grilled nuts in the background; the taught mineral structure, bright fruit and crisp acidity combine to focus the wine perfectly to a dry, persistent fruit finish.
Aromas of grapefruit, ripe pear and white stone fruit with underlying toast and nuts. The palate is full of juicy fruit, roasted nuts and a creamy complexity lifted by refreshing acidity and a persistent, fruit driven finish.
Fresh and vibrant aromas of tropical fruit salad, lychee and lemon / lime with delicate herbal characters. Light to medium bodied, displaying spicy tropical fruits and racy citrus flavours. Easy drinking, clean and fruit driven with crisp acidity and a refreshing finish.