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Weingut Ott

Wagram, Austria | website

The Ott family has been growing and producing wine in the region of Wagram in Lower Austria since 1889. Bernhard Ott is of the fourth generation and has managed the winery since 1995, when he took the helm from his father, expanding the estate to 28 ha in Feuersbrunn and Engabrunn.

After assuming control at the winery, Bernhard worked meticulously to improve the family estate. He improved the cellar with new stainless steel tanks, began bottling everything under Stelvin closure and started enforcing his own personal philosophy – being as true to nature as possible. Bernhard has converted many of his vineyards to biodynamic cultivation, certified biodynamic by RESPEKT, and has taken steps at the winery to reflect this philosophy.

Bernhard is extremely diligent in his vineyard work; he adds compost and preparations to the soil rather than fertilizing individual vines, uses cover-crops and biodynamic tinctures and homeopathic remedies to treat vineyard problems. In keeping with the philosophy of the biodynamic approach, work in the vineyards and cellar is done in a holistic and lopped system. Ott found that after switching to biodynamic farming, he was able to harvest grapes from his vineyards several weeks earlier than he had in the years prior to his switch to this biodynamic viticultural approach.

“Before, I was one of the latest people to harvest. Now I am one of the earliest.” Ott says. He feels he is able to achieve physiological ripeness earlier, without getting overly high levels of sugar that would result in high alcohol wines.


2014 Ott Grüner Veltliner ‘Am Berg’

$22.95
Just released

"This was picked already in mid-September, with Ott for the second year calling the shots and employing his crew in all of his contract vineyards, most of which are now also farmed biodynamically. It weighs in at just 11.8% alcohol, yet isn’t in the least ripeness-deficient, and for all of its levity, clarity and infectious juiciness it’s satiny, almost creamy in texture. White peach, winter squash and crunchy cucumber are drizzled with fresh lime, green herbs and diverse flower petals." David Schildknecht, November 2015, 90 pts (for 2013 Vintage)

  • Color White
  • Case Size 12
  • Bottle Size 750 ml

2014 Ott Grüner Veltliner ‘Der Ott’ (blend of Erste Lage parcels)

$45.95

Just released

"As usual, this bottling is informed largely by younger vines in Ott’s three top sites. A faintly cider-like spicy and tangy expression of apple is already evident in the nose, along with peony-like musky floral perfume and ocean spray. Subtly caramelized parsnip joins apple on the palate for a fascinating and by no means inharmonious interchange of sweet and pungent, fruit and root vegetable flavors. While less nuanced and enticing today than the corresponding Fass 4 bottling, this offers a striking combination of richness with buoyancy (at 12.8% alcohol) and refreshment, finishing with sustained stimulating complexity." David Schildknecht, November 2015, 91 pts (for 2013 Vintage)

  • Color White
  • Case Size 12
  • Bottle Size 750 ml

2014 Ott Grüner Veltliner ‘Fass 4’ (Erste Lage adjacent parcels)

$31.95

Just released

"Besides being, at 12.2%, the alcoholically lightest Fass 4 bottling in memory, this wine also boasts Riesling-like acidity. So it should come as no surprise that its alliance of white peach, apple, fresh lime, rhubarb and cucumber is crisp, ultra-juicy and irresistibly refreshing. An alluring floral perfume also wafts throughout. The feel is satiny and the whole performance suggestive of inner richness only just emerging. What’s more, the protracted finish boasts not only an invigorating impression of seed-crunching but also a saline, faintly smoked meat savor that really gets the saliva flowing. It’s hard to ask for much more at the price, even from Grüner Veltliner in this amazing vintage. 'This especially benefited from its time on the lees,' noted Ott, who when I first tasted it in June of 2014 said 'you should have tried to like it in March: it was completely shut and needed time.'" David Schildknecht, November 2015, 92 pts (for 2013 Vintage)

  • Color White
  • Case Size 12
  • Bottle Size 750 ml

2014 Ott Riesling ‘von Rotem Schotter’ (Dry, from high elevation sites)

$28.95

Just released

  • Color White
  • Case Size 12
  • Bottle Size 750 ml