“Gut Oggau is a 13 hectares Austrian wine estate located in the province of Burgenland by the Lake Neusiedl. The estate is today run by Eduard Tscheppe – son of a winemaker – and his wife Stephanie Tscheppe-Eselböck – daughter of a 2 Michelin stars Austrian restaurant owner – who took over the estate several years ago.
The vineyards are cultivated according to biodynamic principles (Demeter certified) with traditional winemaking methods in the cellar. Also, each wine is vinified with the grapes coming from a single plot, allowing to get a wide range of authentic and different personalities of wines. Each cuvée is named after a fictional character created by Jung von Matt (German designer) and is integrated in a family tree (grandparent, parents and children).
Stephanie and Eduard focus on quality as a permanent quest, their aim is to achieve a natural vine balance and process the grapes as gently as possible, allowing them to make the best use of their vineyard’s strength.
With only 15 to 18,000 bottles a year, Gut Oggau‘s wines are one of the most sought after wines of Austria. Complex and original, there is no surprise in finding some of their cuvées in the best restaurants of Europe (London or Paris for instance) to pair with Haute Cuisine.”
We visited Oggau one crisp and sunny morning in October. Eduard showed us around before we settled in the cosy tasting room to sample the Gut Oggau range.
- Theodora 2012: A blend of barrel fermented old vine Welschriesling and Gruner Veltliner without residual sugar and malolactic fermentation. Pale yellow, full and mouth filling. Lovely!
- Atanasius 2011: A 60 – 70 blend of Blaufrankisch and Sweigelt wit 6 weeks skin contact. Soft, balanced and pleasing.
- Timotheus 2012: Gruner Veltliner from the foot hills, a third fermented and aged with skins for seven weeks. Aromatic, full bodied white with great potential.
- Emmeram: Pure and dry Gewurztraminer with subtle fruit.,
- Josephine 2011: Roesler from poor sandy, limestone soil. Intense colour from red fruit. Voluptuous, aromatic, fine flavoured and poised.
- Joschuari 2010: Blaufrankisch from slopes with poor soils in a cool year. Pinot Noir like clean and pure red fruit. Impressive.
- Mechthild 2011: Gruner Veltliner from 60 year old vines. Aromatic, elegant and focussed.
- Bertholdi: Blaufankisch from 60 year old vines. Dark, intense but charming with tremendous ageing potential.
After the tasting, we drove through the vineyards to the excellent Bistro run by Stephanie’s parents to lunch on superb mushroom soup and Paprika Chicken washed down with fine 2012 Welschriesling and St. Laurent.
The visit was arranged by Gut Oggau UK agent Frederic Grappe of Dynamic Vines.
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