Fred Loimer owns 80 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.
Situated 200-400 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). Its 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. Soils are mixed and well drained, with Gföhl gneiss (coarse-grained, metamorphic rock containing quartz, felspar and mica) subsoil.
Harvest in 2017 started as early as August. The year began with a cold winter, however the months that followed, up until mid-April, were very warm, which resulted in early bud break. By mid-May, it was unusually cold, but fortunately the vines didn’t suffer too much from the frosty nights. The vines benefited from the dry year, as it was easier to keep them healthy. The early harvest produced firm, well-structured wines.
The grapes were harvested by hand in September into 20kg crates. They were pressed either whole bunch, or soaked on the skins for up to four hours, the combination of which results in a broader array of aromas. Fermentation with cultured yeasts took place at 20°C for 2-4 weeks in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation, the wine was matured on its fine lees for four months before being bottled in January 2018.
This wine has a pale lemon colour in the glass. The nose is restrained and precise, with fresh green apple and spicy notes. On the palate, the 2017 Lois is quite full bodied and juicy, supported by harmonious acidity and herbal, peppery nuances that mingle with juicy green apple flavours. The finish is fresh with lingering pepperiness.
|Grape varieties||100% Grüner Veltliner|
|Region||Kamptal, Lower Austria|
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