Lenz Riesling 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.”

Lenz Riesling carries the broader Niederösterreich appellation and is from contracted growers who are converting to organic viticulture. The grapes are sourced from primary rock soils in the Kamptal and surrounding regions. Lenz is made by spontaneous fermentation and is vinified in stainless-steel tanks with four months aging on fine lees before bottling.

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:
Loess and weathered gneiss
Training method:
Single and double cane prunned
Elevation:
7206-1320 feet
Vines/acre:
1,200-2,400
Yield/acre:
3.0 tons
Exposure:
Southeastern / Southern / Southwestern
Year vineyard planted:
1985-2004
Harvest time:
October
First vintage of this wine:
2008
Bottles produced of this wine:
25,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Riesling
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
14-28 days
Fermentation temperature:
68 °F
Type of aging container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of aging before bottling:
3 months
Length of bottle aging:
1 month
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
12.0 %

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