The Gut Oggau Family Reunion White 2016
Gut Oggau describe 2016 as “a vintage to remember” going on to say in greater detail:
“The spring brought heavy frosts. While hailstorms in the summer tested the resilience of our vines. Autumn by contrast was peaceful, forgiving and warm, and in the end delivered amazing qualities of grapes. Growing and living at the whim of nature, we are forced to let go. To let our wines take it all in, and retell the story of the year through their complex characters. In 2016 this has brought a new and unexpected replacement of our wine family. A unique family reunion.”
Instead of making 10 wines, each representing the unique family members of the Oggau clan they made just four wines: Wiess (White), Rose and Rot (Red) (and a Brutal Rose). Each is blended from the parcel that corresponds with the three generations of family members that would in a normal vintage give their name to a wine (as the family members get older, the wines get more serious and expensive).
“There is a little structure, and for me a little note of skin contact on the nose, but not too much extraction. Mainly you are getting fruit freshness. There’s also a bit of minerality. Limestone soil predominates this cuvée as the gravel soils on the flatter land were more frost struck, so suffered greater losses. There’s that lemony note again to give the taster a clue. The composition is Theodora, Timotheus, Emmeram and Mechthild”.
David Crossley, wine world of wine