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Loimer `Langenlois Loiserberg` Grüner Veltliner

Kamptal, Lower Austria

Loimer

Fred Loimer owns 60 hectares around Langenlois, in the sunny Kamptal region of Lower Austria...

Fred makes a range of wines from the excellent value ‘Lois’ and ‘Lenz’ to the superb, single varietal Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners. Unlike many Austrian producers who go for an overly rich and sweet style, Fred gets full ripeness in the vineyard yet ferments to dryness, managing to produce wines with lovely definition, zest and balance on the palate.

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Vineyards

The Loiserberg vineyard lies 350 to 380 metres above seal level with a south-southeastern exposure and continental climate. The soil is composed of mica slate. Vines are Lenz Moser and Guyot trained at a density of 2,500 to 5,000 per hectare. The age of  the vines ranges from five to 50 years and the average yield is 30 hectolitres per hectare.

Vintage information

Austrian vineyards faced a variety of weather related challenges in 2013, beginning with a cool spring that delayed budbreak. A poor fruit set plagued Kamptal’s flagship grape, Grüner Veltliner. One of the hottest summers on record was punctuated by hailstorms that damaged grapes and vineyards resulting in the fourth year in a row of below-average harvest yields. Fortunately, harvest weather was largely cooperative and picking took place at the end of October and early November 2013.

Vinification

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 in July 2014.

Tasting Notes

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.

Vintage information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Grüner Veltliner
Region Kamptal, Lower Austria
Winemaker Fred Loimer
Certification Organic, Biodynamic 
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 5.4g/l
Residual Sugar 1.7g/l