Country: Austria Region: Lower Austria Vintage: 2015
Category: White Wine Color: White
"The Loimer estate vineyards lie around Langenlois in the cool yet sunny Kamptal area to the northwest of Vienna. Divided into 100 parcels and planted on seven different soil types, the 80 hectares of vineyard offer huge potential for great complexity in the wines, while their high altitude and south-east/south facing aspect encourage the development of aromatic compounds in the grapes. The conversion to biodynamic viticulture began in 2006, resulting in official Respekt certification for all estate wines.
Realising early on that he would follow in his father's footsteps as a winemaker, Fred Loimer attended Austria's renowned Klosterneuburg University and gained valuable experience in Nahe, Germany and the Napa Valley. Fred took over the winery from his father in 1997, purchasing and renovating a 19th century vaulted brick cellar in 1998. Unlike many Austrian producers who go for a rich, sweet style, Fred obtains full ripeness in the vineyard yet ferments to dryness. All the Loimer wines display his trademark definition, zest and balance on the palate. The 'Lois' and 'Lenz' offer excellent value, while the Kamptal wines are a further step up in quality.
The iconic, single vineyard Riesling and Grüner Veltliners are ranked among the best in Austria. Certified both organic and biodynamic and bottled under Vinolok, the 'Käferberg' and 'Steinmassl' wines display wonderful purity of fruit, as well as a real 'sense of place'."
Product Features: Certified Biodynamic;Certified Organic;
Product Allergens: Sulphites Label
Winemaker: Fred Loimer
Situated 200 to 400 metres above sea level, the climate of the Kamp Valley is characterised by cool nights and warm days, with a long, sunny autumn. The high summer temperatures are mitigated by the River Danube and the Waldviertel (forested area). The long growing season and the difference in temperature between night and day gives the grapes a chance to reach full ripeness and develop fine perfumes and flavours. The grapes for this wine are grown in fine, old vineyards around Langenlois and nearby areas. 80% of the vines are grown in loess soils and the remaining 20% in weathered gneiss soil.
The grapes were hand picked into small crates at middle of September and beginning of October. After a short maceration lasting lasting up to 12 hours the grapes were pressed and fined, then fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks at 20-22°C for two to four weeks. 5% of the wine was fermented in large oak barrels. The wine remained on its fine lees for 4 months.
Spicy notes on the nose immediately reveal the expressive Grüner Veltliner grape. The wine has a typical peppery note, supported by the mellow yellow fruit from the relatively warm 2015 vintage, which is reminiscent of ripe apples. A charming wine which exhibits excellent balance.
Food Suggestion: Grüner Veltliner is a wonderful food companion, going well with light starters, Austria's classic Jause (usually cold meats, cheese and vegetables), and makes a wonderful aperitif as well.
Closure: Stelvin ABV:13% Acidity [g/l]: 5.1