2018 Gut Oggau Mechthild Gruner Veltliner

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The Gut Oggau winery, helmed by Eduard Tscheppe and Stephanie Tscheppe-Eselbock, produces magnificent, esoteric and ultimately collectible wines. Taking time to restore an abandoned vineyard in the Burgenland, they have converted their entire estate to biodynamics. Each cuvee label has been designed by artist Jung Von Matt, featuring a fictional family member’s face. The face is meant to represent the personality of the wine inside. They range from young, electric, jovial, to complex, age-worthy and thought provoking.

This wine comes from their oldest Grüner Veltliner vines, which tip at just over sixty years old. Mechthild is the grandmother, the mother of all the neighbouring vineyards. The juice ferments on skins, then pressed off on their famed basket press, then spend many years in barrel before racking and bottling. It’s a rare bird in the collection, impressive, constantly evolving, rich; a force. Not for the faint-hearted and certainly for the Oggau die hards.