In the center of the Illyrian climate zone: The weather wines by Reinhard Muster
The six charismatic wines of the ILLYR series owe their resonant name to the, right, Illyrian climate in which they were allowed to ripen. That climate, which, between Mediterranean, Alpine and Pannonian climate, determines the weather in southern and western Styria. Reinhard Muster has vinified varietal wines that, in precisely this climate, develop their individual specifics in an interesting way and make you sit up and take notice. The result of this approach are six wonderful individualists: the wine series ILLYR.
“And what about the soil,” is the logical next question. “Yes, the soil is enormously important,” confirms the winemaker. In Styria, a wide variety of rock formations, such as a calcareous sandbank and a bacony clay soil, lie close together and bring a wide variety of soil characteristics to the wine. “But the soil has been the same for millions of years. The subtle difference is made by the weather,” the winemaker is convinced.
This insight does not come by chance. The experienced winemaker has already brought twenty-three vintages into the cellar. About twelve years ago, something significant happened and Reinhard’s way of understanding wine changed fundamentally.
Reinhard Muster began training as a pilot at that time. Since then, he has flown countless times over his home country and its vineyards. In the process, the winemaker-pilot realized – that his winery is located in the center of the Illyrian climate zone. And the idea of producing weather wines was born.
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Noble brandy has always been distilled on our farm. In the past, the focus was on the quantity – but for around 50 years we have only been committed to the highest quality. Almost everything is traditionally distilled from the local orchards. The quality of the fruit is crucial. Careful manual selection of the fruit and meticulous, gentle processing with modern technology gives the distillates an authentic signature. The distillation itself is a continuous game with temperatures. The noble brandy obtain their clarity and delicacy through the column process (double distilled). Similar to the wines, the Classic line stands for fruit-aromatic schnapps, while the depth and finesse set the tone for the so-called Auslese (Selection). Zigarrenbrände (cigar brandies) are old reserves that are aged in new barrels for years. Dense and compact, they accompany a pleasant evening with or without a cigar.
A partnership was founded in 1974 from the friendship of two families. This was at a time when the Styrian wine industry was at the beginning of its success story and the wheel for Styrian viticulture was reinvented. Initially using the simplest of means and tools, a decent wine-growing business developed over three decades. In honor of this period, seven original Styrian wines are still being pressed today and traditionally sold under the name Dreisiebner & Muster.
By the way: In the original cellar, which probably originated around 1850 (unfortunately no one knows exactly), we store our archive for full, aged wines.We steadily monitor these wines and will continue to do so over the coming decades – in order to gain knowledge for the next innovations.
Courage to Experiment
Our brand ‘MOTIF’ is the framework in which we operate our “out of the box” ideas, and in which the uncommon can lead. We think the time has come to give an old drink new emphasis – the Vermouth. Wine, Brandy, Herbs. White, Rosé, Red. With these 3 ingredients, 3 varieties, 3 colors. Bringing this fine tradition to your glass again.
The term „zeitfiltriert“ („time-filtered“) came up on our winery. It stands for calm and slowness in the further development of stylistics and new inventions. We are always striving to „make things better and better“ – just like many generations before us.
Our retros are living proof of this. The Retro Welschriesling is traditionally pressed as it was done in the 70s, he vinification “zeitfiltiert” for almost half a century and tested and tried again and again over years. It can shine in the “dress” from back then – beautiful! Joining it is the Retro Rosé, impressing quite poetically: “Like rose quartz gleams in the glass of the wine’s wave, bring it on, that it may enlighten my spirit.”
World Wide Wineries – Freundeskreis Edition
Due to the frost capers in spring 2016, our harvest was very limited this year. This especially affected the classic wines. In summer 2017 we contacted friends from all over the world and asked whether we were allowed to produce wine from their home, in their region, from their grapes. In order to import them to Austria later in finished form. So we ended up in Germany, Slovenia, Piemonte-Italy and New Zealand.
The pure wines arrived at the beginning of 2017 and we are allowed to offer them under the temporary edition MUSTER.Freundeskreis. We are really proud of each one. For example, Gelber Muskateller (Yellow Muscat), 2016, Piemonte-Italy, Reinhard Muster and Roberto Sarotto or Sauvignon Blanc 2016 New Zealand, together with Nick and Peter…
We find this approach very exciting, it was a lot of fun and we came back with a new and innovative experience. And: the tough spring frost over here gave us the perfect excuse to make an international visit.