Fred Loimer owns 80 hectares around Langenlois, in the sunny Kamptal region of Lower Austria. Fred makes a range of wines from the excellent value 'Lois' and 'Lenz' to the superb, single varietal Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners. Unlike many Austrian producers who go for an overly rich and sweet style, Fred gets full ripeness in the vineyard yet ferments to dryness, managing to produce wines with lovely definition, zest and balance on the palate.
Situated at 200-400 metres above sea level, the climate of the Kamp Valley is characterised by cool nights and warm days, with a long, sunny autumn. The high summer temperatures are mitigated by the River Danube and the Waldviertel (forested area). Its long growing season and the difference in temperature between night and day gives the grapes a chance to reach full ripeness and develop fine perfumes and flavours. Soils are mixed, and well-drained, with Gföhl gneiss (coarse-grained, metamorphic rock containing quartz, felspar and mica) subsoil.
In 2016 parts of the Kamptaler vineyards were caught by a late frost at the end of April, followed by a lot of rainfall during the summer. Powdery mildew affected some of the vines, resulting in a loss of about 30% of the grapes used to make wines for local markets. Luckily the summer arrived towards the middle of August and it was consistently sunny and warm until the end of September, meaning that the grapes ripened beautifully, with low pH and good acidity. The quality of Grüner Veltliner and Riesling Langenlois are very good for this vintage.
The grapes were hand-harvested and brought to the cellar in 20kg crates. Depending on the quality, they were either whole-bunch pressed or crushed and then macerated for 4-12 hours, which helps to release more flavour from the skins. After spontaneous fermentation at 20°C over 4-12 weeks, Lenz was matured on its fine lees in steel tanks for four months and then bottled in February 2017, so that its freshness and primary flavours would be retained as much as possible.
Bright lemon yellow. The fruity nose is youthful with juicy white peaches. Light-bodied and crisp with lovely tension on the palate, this Riesling has mouth-watering acidity and clean fruit flavours. Perfect as an aperitif.
With lovely aromas of fresh apples, this wine has classic varietal spice. Notes of exotic fruit and the typical acidity of the Kamptal give excellent structure and balance before the long finish.
Fruity, textured white with apples, pears and spice on the palate and a hint of mint on the finish.
Camomile and straw aromas with a rich, round palate and a crisp and refreshing finish.
Here chamomile and straw aromas mingle with rich flavours of toasted bread, lemon peel and ripe melon. This wine should be savoured, never rushed, as it needs to be appreciated and enjoyed. It is described by Machherndl as being an interpretation of a passionate charm offensive! Genuinely intriguing and very tempting!