PL Award 1: Silver - DWWA 2017
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
Winemaker: Fred Loimer
The Loiserberg vineyard lies 350-380 metres above sea level with a south-southeastern exposure and a continental climate. The soil is composed of mica slate. Vines are Lenz Moser and Guyot trained at a density of 2,500-5,000 per hectare. The age of the vines ranges from 5-50 years.
Grapes were picked by hand into 20kg crates. Upon arrival at the winery they underwent 12 hours of maceration. Spontaneous fermentation with natural yeasts took place in used wooden casks of 2,500 litre and 1,250 litre sizes, for four to eight weeks at 20-24° C. The wine was aged in used wooden casks on its gross lees for four months, and in stainless steel tanks on its fine lees for a further two months before bottling at the end of April 2016.
Attractive ripe green apple and pear aromas are supported by hints of intriguing exotic dragon fruit and lychee. The palate has a fresh acid structure and liveliness, with green apple flavours, purity of fruit and a spicy nuances of ginger and nutmeg. A fine tension is balanced by finesse, giving the Loiserberg excellent texture and mouthfeel with a lingering finish.
Food Suggestion: Classic Austrian cuisine, rich hearty dishes, with appetisers and Asian dishes.
Closure: Vinolok ABV: 13% Acidity [g/l]: 5.1