Gut Oggau 'Theodora' Grüner Veltliner-Welschriesling Burgenland, Austria 2018
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Gut Oggau is a project of husband and wife team of Eduard and Stephanie Tscheppe. Eduard helped his dad make wine in Styria and Stephanie's family owned and operated an Austrian Michelin star restaurant. In 2007, Eduard and Stephanie took over a 17th century winery that had been abandoned for years. They restored it from the ground up, including a 200yr old screw press. Vines had been abandoned for so long they were free of any chemical treatment and they were able to convert to organic, biodynamic farming. The labels are hand drawn pictures of each family member they think best matches the wine, and the wines are lively and vibrant.
35 yr old Grüner & Welschriesling vines planted to gravel and limestone soils. Fermentation takes place in used 500, 1000 and 1500-liter barrels. The wine stays in these barrels for an elevage of about 9 months, with no batonnage. Unfiltered, unfined. Funky, herbal and dry. Green apple and a little tropical fruit on the palate. Great texture and acidity.