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.”
Fred Loimer refers to his “mit ACHTUNG” series as “Slow Wines” because they’re produced with minimal modern technology and utilize time rather than shortcuts in their vinification. Gemischter Satz mit ACHTUNG (field blend with attention) is made from a biodynamically-farmed vineyard in the Kamptal. This field blend of Grüner and Roter Veltliner, Weißer and Roter Riesling, Welschriesling, and Traminer was destemmed with the berries left intact. The grapes spontaneously ferment in oak casks for four weeks before pressing followed by an additional six months aging on the full lees. The wine is bottled unfiltered with a small addition of sulfur.
The wine shows the spicy, floral, and fruity aromas typical of a Gemischter Satz along with notes of dried apricots, walnut, and chamomile tea. There is a noticeable grip to the palate thanks to four weeks of maceration on the skins that also contributes to the wine’s spicy finish of nutmeg and clove.
Gemischter Satz mit ACHTUNG shows unsuspecting tannin thanks to four weeks of maceration on the skins. The wine is ideal when paired with a mushroom ragù, braised veal, or a sauerbraten of beef and vegetables.