Extra Brut NV

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Fred Loimer’s wines are among the very best examples of Grüner Veltliner and Riesling in Austria. He began practicing biodynamics in 2006 and is a founding member of Respekt, a certifying body for biodynamic viticulture. His estate near the village of Langenlois in the Kamptal region includes several prestigious single-vineyards and his winery is a model of modern efficiency.

Wines intended for immediate enjoyment are vinified in stainless-steel tanks while single-vineyard wines are aged in traditional large barrels and spend an extended time aging on their lees. His philosophy is one of non-intervention and patience. “If we have one helping hand in the cellar,” says Fred, “it’s time.”

Extra Brut is a blend of Grüner Veltliner, Zweigelt, and Pinot Noir from biodynamically-farmed vineyards in Langenlois and Gumpoldskirchen. The wine is made by the traditional method using indigenous yeasts for alcoholic fermentation followed by full malolactic fermentation in stainless-steel tanks. It is aged for an extended period on the lees before disgorgement and finished with a low dosage.

Tasting Notes

Loimer Sekt Extra Brut shows a bright and pure nose of ripe golden apple and grapefruit. On the palate, the wine’s creamy texture and vibrant acidity are framed by layers of tart red fruit and toasted brioche. A dense and persistent finish underscores the quality of the wine and hints at its ability to improve with time in the bottle.

Food Pairing

Very dry sparkling wine like Loimer Extra Brut will accent simply prepared fish and shellfish in the same way a squeeze of lemon might. The salty minerality of this wine highlights the brininess of raw oysters while its acidity will accent a crudo of halibut with olive oil and sea salt.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard size:
25 acres
Soil composition:
Löss, Primary Rock, Clay and Gravel
Elevation:
725 - 1,250 feet
Vines/acre:
1,600 - 2,000
Yield/acre:
1.6 tons
Exposure:
Various
Year vineyard planted:
1960 to 2010
Harvest time:
September
First vintage of this wine:
2013
Bottles produced of this wine:
25,000
Certified eco-friendly practices:
Biodynamic-Respekt
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
42% Grüner Veltliner, 33% Zweigelt, 25% Pinot Noir
Fermentation container:
Stainless Steel and Wooden Cask
Maceration technique:
Sur-Lie Aging
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of oak:
Austrian
Length of aging before bottling:
10 months
Length of bottle aging:
12 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
12.0 %
pH level:
3.2
Residual sugar:
3.1 g/L
Acidity:
6.9 g/L
Dry extract:
21.4 g/L

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