Gut Oggau Weiss 2016
QWt Burgenland, Gut Oggau, 750 ml
2016 was probably the most challenging year in the young history of the winery. Spring frosts and hail in summer plagued the vintners. They were left with less than 40% of the harvest. Autumn, however, was forgiving and delivered top quality, but too little quantity to bottle the individual family members individually. So Stephi and Eduard Tscheppe-Eselböck had to let go and blend the remaining wines. When you use the word "natural wine", you have to work with what nature gives you. This is now a blend of the aromatic Emmeram (Gewürztraminer), the profound Mechthild (Grüner Veltliner), Timotheus (Grüner Veltliner + Weissburgunder) and the light-footed, cheeky Theodora (Grüner Veltliner + Welschriesling). Pure, elegant, with a beautiful melting sensation, clear as a bell and with a seductive aroma. Aromatics: apricot, honeydew melon, salted hazelnuts.
|Origin:||Austria / Burgenland / Neusiedlersee|
|Site / vineyard:||Rieden rund um Oggau|
|Grape variety:||Grüner Veltliner, Welschriesling|
|Label:||Vegan, Certified organic or biodynamic wine|
|Ripening potential:||1 to 3 years|
|Drinking temperature:||10 to 12 °C|
|Food Pairing:||Apéro pastries, Apéro riche, Fresh water fish with cream sauce, Crispy roast chicken|
|Vinification:||fermentation with grapes' own yeast, fermentation in wooden barrel|
|Maturation:||in large wooden barrel/foudre, on the yeast|
|Maturation duration:||5 months|
What’s the secret of the wines of Austria's Gut Oggau?
Gut Oggau wines are among the best organic wines in Austria, and are produced by Eduard Tscheppe and his wife Stephanie Tscheppe Eselböck on the shores of Lake Neusiedl in Burgenland.
Before Eduard founded the winery, he produced conventional wine with his father in Styria, while Stephanie’s family owned and operated the Michelin-star restaurant & hotel Taubenkobel. They restored the 17th century winery, which had been abandoned for many years. When the restoration was completed in 2007 they started with nine hectares. Today, almost 15 years later, they own 15 hectares and are Demeter certified. The previous owner of the winery was a 92-year-old woman with no children. She hadn’t tended the vineyards for several years. That was an exciting challenge for the young couple. Fortunately, there had been a gap of several years between owners, so the soils had a chance to recover from the chemicals that had been used previously. It was important to Stephanie and Eduard not to change the vineyard, and instead they embraced its natural potential. From the very beginning their approach has been to work with nature and to handle the soil and the vines with great care with the focus on sustainability. They were amazed at just how much character the barrels revealed in the very first vintage; each wine seemed so alive, shining bright with its own personality – and thus the Gut Oggau family was born.
Stays noble in the cold
Welschriesling is grown on about ten percent of Austria’s cultivation area, but it is also widespread in Slovenia, Croatia, and Hungary. The origin of Welschriesling is entirely unknown. Despite its name, Welschriesling is not related to the Riesling. The word “welsch” means strange or foreign; Welschriesling likely originates in France or Italy, which were formerly referred to as Welschland.
Welschriesling ripens late, but it is nonetheless safe from winter frost. The vine needs deep soils with lots of nutrients, especially magnesium. If magnesium is lacking, the harvest will be significantly affected.
Burgenland: Reds, sweets and other wonders
Burgenland is often referred to in Austria as the new wine world. In fact, wines – with exceptions like the nobly sweet Ruster Ausbruch – were almost entirely unknown here 20 years ago. Today, the most substantial red wines in Austria mature here. And the sweet wine scene is also stronger than ever before. Even the whites – for instance, in the Leitha Mountains – are on the upswing. The basis for this wine wonder are the various terroirs that overlay the land in a complex patchwork.
Austria – Sumptuous culture, accessible to all
Austria is characterized by unbelievable topographical diversity. A flat steppe in the east, forests and hills in the Alpine regions, wetlands and Mediterranean landscapes in the south. This in addition to a rich tradition and even greater love. It’s no surprise that the Romans found joy on this patch of Earth and cultivated wine growing. Austrian wine is not abundant, but it is high quality.