• Burgenland Bravado: Gut Oggau
    Burgenland Bravado: Gut Oggau

    Gut Oggau is a project in Burgenland, Austria, started by Eduard and Stephanie Tscheppe in 2007. The couple painstakingly restored the abandoned 17th-century winery and vineyard. A 20-year period of neglect washed away all pesticide and chemical treatments, allowing them to work biodynamically immediately. Each wine seemed so alive in the cellar that they decided to craft labels centered around the personality inside each bottle.

    Timotheus Weiss: This bottling blends Gruner Veltliner and Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) from the estate's oldest vines. The soil is an interesting mix of limestone, slate, and sand. A third of the grapes are fermented on their skins for three weeks, giving texture and complexity. The remaining grapes are directly pressed, and all wine is blended for fermentation and aging in neutral 500-liter barrels. The wine ages for a year without stirring lees and is bottled without fining, filtration, or sulfur additions. Lime, tangerine, white peach, and melon lead up front with a salty and persistent mineral finish. As distinct and different a wine as these labels would have you expect!

    The Label: The son of Mechthild and Bertholdi, and the brother of Joshuari and Emmeram. He impresses people with his firm, powerful, and balanced character. He stands with both feet firmly planted on the ground but is nonetheless open-minded and always looking for new challenges. He is regarded as self-confident, a man of substance and even refined, he is someone, who due to his winning ways, quickly makes friends anywhere.

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