Riesling Ried Seeberg 1ÖTW Kamptal DAC 2016

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.”

Seeberg is a vineyard with mica schist bedrock and very little topsoil, and schilf (lake grass) visible on the surface. This schilf grass is evidence of the “lake on a hill” that was once there. The southwest-facing vineyard sits between 245 and 305 meters of elevation and gives a Riesling that is crystalline and pure. Seeberg is classified as Erste Lage (1ÖTW) meaning premier cru by the prestigious Traditionsweingüter.

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.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Ried Seeberg
Vineyard size
6 acres
Soil composition
Rocky and Sand
Training method
Lenz Moser and Guyot
Elevation
984 feet
Vines/acre
1,200
Average Vine Age
43
Yield/acre
1 tons
Exposure
Southern / Southwestern
Year vineyard planted
1950
Harvest time
October
First vintage of this wine
1993
Bottles produced of this wine
3,500
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Riesling
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks and barrels
Type of aging container
Used acacia and oak barrels
Size of aging container
1250-2500 Liters
Length of aging before bottling
10 months
Certified Eco-Friendly Practices
Biodynamic-Respekt
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13 %
Residual sugar
3 g/L
Acidity
6.6 g/L

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