Ott Gemischter Satz
Bernhard Ott is one of the heroes of the portfolio. Since 2005 Bernhard has been farming biodynamically in his village of Feuresbrunn, just over the border from the Kamptal, in the Wagram. Ott is one of the original members of Respekt certification. He is never content to stand still and is constantly innovating and improving. Each year we’re constantly impressed with Bernhard;s ability to change philosophy in the cellar but produce wines that are delicious and in the same level of quality or higher than the previous vintage.
This year, Ott included additional plantings from the Engabrunner Stein, so that we end up with a co-fermentation of Welschriesling, Grüner Veltliner, Sauvignon, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Neuburger and Muskateller, most but not all of which are literally im gemischten Satz i.e. inter-planted. The grapes – now scattered among some half-dozen parcels, most in the commune of Feuersbrunn – were picked in early October; and a significant share of whole berries was included in the ferment. The resulting wine has some pleasant ripe green aromas with crucngh and juciness that makes this wine much more than a “curiosity”.
Literally “mixed bag or set”, it is a mixture of several grape varieties, but not from different vineyards. This is a very old idea – to plant different varieties together to minimize loss if a single variety was affected. In Ott’s blend he takes Neuberger and Welschriesling and ferments them on the skins, blending them with a co-picked and co-fermented blend of Chardonnay, Weissburgunder, Grüner Veltliner, Roter Veltliner and Riesling.
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