Why Not Wednesday- Loimer Wines from Austria
This week we are headed to Austria to discover the pure wines of Loimer. They define the varietals of Austria and are a perfect match not only for the summer patio but those hard to pair foods. Barb Wedig will be hosting our tasting. Barb is a wine educator for Winebow Wines and a representative for Weingut-Loimer. Barb is a seasoned veteran of the wine industry in Colorado. She has been a friend of ours for over 10+ years and we are really excited to have her in the store.
Fred Loimer started working with his father Alfred in 1988 after completing his studies at Klosterneuburg with stints at Germany’s Nahe and Walter Schug winery in California. Fred took full control of his family’s estate in 1998, one year after the winery was handed over from father to son; Loimer bought a historical vaulted brick cellar, a former cellar of the Haindorf Castle, in the middle of the grapevines between Langenlois and Zöbing. With the help of the architect Andreas Burghardt, he renovated the cellar adding a hyper-modern black cube on top of the old cellar symbolizing his aesthetic for modern elegance to serve as the tasting room and office. Since 1999, the wines have been vinified and stored in the historical cellar under perfect, natural temperature conditions. Moreover, the Veltliners and Rieslings from single vineyard sites are ranked amongst the best wines of Austria and the wine world.
Fred began practicing biodynamics in 2006 and is a founding member of Respekt, a certifying body for biodynamic viticulture in Austria. His wines are among the very best examples of Grüner Veltliner and Riesling in the Kamptal. In 2002, he was named “Winemaker of the Year” by Austria’s Falsta” wine magazine. “Sustainability without Sacrifice,” this is the philosophy that Loimer lives by. Loimer’s passion for renewal and vitality in the vineyards has led him to first experiment in and eventually embrace principles of biodynamic agriculture and winemaking. His priorities lie firmly 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 seems to dance on each Loimer label signifies both a respect for ancient, natural traditions and an embrace of the playful and modern.
The vineyards owned and managed by Loimer comprise a variety of the Kamptal region’s soils: loess, loam, gneiss and gravel. The single vineyard estate wines, signified by their plain white linen labels, are sourced from older vineyards that have been tended under biodynamic principles since 2006. It is the name of Loimer’s hometown that provided the moniker for his most well-known wine, the Grüner Veltliner Lois (rhymes with choice), as the Loimer winery is inhabited in the Kamptal’s largest and most important village, Langnlois.
NV Loimer Brut Rose, Niederosterreich Austria – Zweigelt/Pinot Noir :: $38 Sale $34
Loimer Brut Rosé shows the red-fruit aromas typical of Zweigelt and Pinot Noir with notes of fresh strawberries and cherries accented by sweet herbs and flowers. A small percentage of Chardonnay contributes to the wine’s elegant and vibrant profile while aging on the lees in the bottle provides weight and texture. Sekt Rosé based on red grapes such as this one can be an excellent partner to meatier dark fish such as grilled salmon or seared Ahi tuna. Sushi and sashimi are brilliant when paired with Loimer Brut Rosé as are dishes with root vegetables, mushrooms, and eggplant.
2017 Loimer Rose, Niederosterreich Austria – Zweigelt/Pinot Noir :: $24 Sale $21
Zweigelt gives this rosé a soft and fruity character with aromas and flavors of red cherries, plums, and Red Delicious apples. Pinot Noir contributes to the wine’s aromatics, lending floral and herbal aromas in addition to refreshing acidity. The refreshing character of Loimer Rosé with its bright acidity and a moderate level of alcohol make it the ideal partner to picnic fare, grilled foods, and Asian dishes. Serve this wine with a watermelon and feta salad, BLTs, seared tuna, or grilled sausages.
2016 Loimer “Lois”, Niederosterreich Austria – Gruner Veltliner :: $18 Sale $16
Grüner Veltliner is the signature grape of Austria and produces a dry white wine with savory aromas, spicy flavors, and good acidity. Young Grüner Veltliner is fresh-tasting with notes of green apple, lemon, radish, and arugula. Lighter styles of Grüner Veltliner are intended for immediate drinking, while more structured examples can age for many years.Grüner Veltliner’s bright acidity and savory character make it and an ideal partner to mildly spiced Vietnamese, Thai, and Chinese dishes. Fish and shellfish are accented by Grüner Veltliner’s citrus and mineral profile while its acidity cuts the richness of pork or ham. It can also work well with foods that are difficult to pair such as bitter greens and asparagus.
2014 Loimer “Lenz”, Niederosterreich Austria – Riesling :: $26 Sale $23
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. 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.
SATURDAY TASTING with RENEGADE BREWING, 4-7 PM
We start sippin’ and tastin’ at 4pm. Hope you can make it! Tag your pics #pickitupatpearl and #Neverabadbottle so we can CHEERS!
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