Insanely rare, and very very limited, but the 2018 Gut Oggau Weinland Edmund has landed with us at Pull The Cork. The allocation in the UK was just 42 bottles, of which we have 18 of them this year, so grab yours while you can.
The Gut Oggau estate is run by Eduard Tscheppe and Stephanie Eselböck-Tscheppe. 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. All their wines are vineyard-specific and express both the vine age and the character of these indigenous Austrian varieties. They produce some of the finest Austrian biodynamic wines, like this orange wine.
Each wine is given the name of one family member and the artist Jung von Matt draws a face for each label. The children, Atanasius, Theodora, and Winifred, are wines that are more forthright, light, bold and energetic. The parents, Joschuari, Emmeram, Timotheus, and Josephine come from vineyards with a little more direct sun exposure and therefore more ripeness producing wines with more body and power. And finally the grandparents, Mechtild and Bertholdi, are from two single vineyards of older vines that produce the most traditional wines from their lineup.
Gut Oggau wines are exquisite. Most of the vineyards are field blended, and therefore there is little mention of grape varieties here, but they do work with 6 main grape varieties– Blaufrankish, Zweigelt Grüner Veltliner, Welchriesling, Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), and Gewurztraminer.
“Edmund has come a long way, and we are happy to have this distant relative with us at Gut Oggau. A transient soul. We don’t know how long he will stick around. So, let’s enjoy him while we can. He is an unconventional type. Offbeat. Expressive. A product of the pure, almost untreated surroundings of his home. But beneath the first impression of a maverick who eschews the norms of society, you discover a charming and gentle character. And his Charm will draw you in. Even if you react initially to his unruly appearance. With every sip, you begin to accept his approach to life. To relish the alternative. And embrace the beauty of the unexpected.
To conclude – with every sip of Gut Oggau Weinland Edmund 2018, you may even feel the desire to break conventions yourself and let your own crazy side out! Don’t miss out their other wines and explore the Gut Oggau wine family browsing our online shop – enjoy their low sulphur, vegan wines.