2010 Loimer Gruner Veltliner Lois

Year: 2010
Appellation: Kamptal
Country: Austria
Wine Advocate: 86
White Wine
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"Loimer’s 2010 Gruner Veltliner Lois deserves a tasting note given the good value it offers and its international ubiquity. This bottling from fruit purchased both within and outside of the Kamptal displays a slightly milky cast but is still pleasantly juicy and stimulatingly bitter in its suggestion of mixed salad greens and green bean. A faint finishing prickle adds some invigoration. Enjoy it over the coming six months.

Fred Loimer insists that his own crop losses in 2010 – when he harvested from mid-October through November 10 – were a mere 10-15% vis-a-vis 2009, but notes that when it came to those growers from whom he purchases fruit for his less-expensive bottlings, reductions were much more significant. Loimer de-acidified the musts for some of his less-expensive wines, but placed emphasis on the time his young 2010s spent fermenting – even the lighter cuvees were not finished until February – and on their lees. He also relied on (generally 12-18 hours’) pre-fermentative skin contact to both reduce and eventually help buffer the vintage’s high acidity; and this year not even the grapes for his lightest wines were pressed whole-cluster." (WA)

Winery Notes:
The Loimer winery is settled into the Kamptal’s largest and most important village – Langenlois. It is the name of Fred Loimer’s hometown that provides the moniker for his most well known wine – the Grüner Veltliner LOIS (rhymes with “choice”). The particular vineyard sites that Loimer owns and manages are planted on the variety of soils in the Kamptal region – loess, loam, gneiss and gravel.

Loimer’s passion for renewal and vitality in the vineyards led him to first experiment and eventually embrace of biodynamic agriculture and winemaking. His priorities firmly lie in the crafting of honest and pleasurable wines, raising his family, and protecting and preserving the land that provides his livelihood. The small Polynesian fertility symbol that dances on each Loimer label signifies both a respect for ancient natural traditions and an embrace of the playful and modern.

Loimer estate wines, signified by the plain white linen labels, are all sourced from estate owned vineyards that have been farmed biodynamically since 2006. The Terrassen and Single Cru level wines will achieve biodynamic certification in the 2009 vintage, released in 2010. Loimer hopes to extend this certification to the Kamptal series wines over the coming years