Riesling Kamptal DAC 2015

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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.”

Riesling Kamptal DAC is intended to be a transparent snapshot of the varietal, the vintage, and most importantly the Kamptal itself. The Kamptal features gneiss and conglomerate soils at higher elevations, and cool air from the nearby Waldviertal forest provides optimal growing conditions for Riesling. It is vinified by spontaneous fermentation in stainless-steel tanks.

Tasting Notes

Austrian Riesling is defined by elevated levels of dry extract thanks to a lengthy ripening period and freshness due to dramatic temperature swings between day and night. Austrian Riesling is always made in a dry style and shows aromas and flavors of ripe citrus, stone fruit, and flowers, with a persistent underpinning of minerality.

Food Pairing

Riesling’s high acidity makes it one of the most versatile wines at the table. Riesling can be used to cut the fattiness of foods such as pork or sausages and can tame saltiness. Conversely, it can highlight foods such as fish or vegetables in the same way a squeeze of lemon or a vinaigrette enhances a dish.

Vineyard & Production Info
Soil composition:
Gneiss and loess
Training method:
Single and double cane pruned
Vines/acre:
1,200-2,400
Yield/acre:
2.4 tons
Exposure:
Southeastern / Southwestern
Year vineyard planted:
1964-2000
Harvest time:
October
First vintage of this wine:
1988
Bottles produced of this wine:
40,000
Certified eco-friendly practices:
Biodynamic-Respekt
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Riesling
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Type of aging container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of aging before bottling:
3 months
Length of bottle aging:
1 month

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