Gut Oggau Weinland Family Reunion Red 2016
The Family Reunion Red is produced at the Gut Oggau estate in Burgenland by Lake Neusiedlersee. The estate is run by Eduard Tscheppe and his wife 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. When they began to work with the wines in the cellar, they noticed that each wine seemed so alive with its own personality, that they decided to craft labels centred around the personality inside each bottle. Thus they created a family of wines: each wine is given the name of one family member and the artist Jung von Matt draws a face for each label. 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.
Gut Oggau Weinland family reunion red was a tough wine to produce! “After a tough 2016 vintage that removed a large chunk of grapes due to hail the single vineyards that are usually reserved for the ‘family members’ have been blended together to form the Family Reunion wines. This red is a sumptuous blend of dark red berry fruits with a hint of smokiness. On the palate, it is fairly full in body but the flavours are uplifting with just a touch of tannin to bring it all together. The finish has got a fantastic maraschino and baking spice feel to it – delightful!“