Leth

Riesling Klassik – 2022

Region: Austria - Wagram

Leth

Established in the early 1960s, three generations of the Leth family have worked tirelessly to establish Weingut Leth as a renowned Fels am Wagram winery.  The Leth family are members of the Traditionsweinguter Osterreich (the association of traditional wineries in Austria). They strive to convey the highest and best characteristics of their region, their soils, their climate and their grape varieties through the wines they produce. Franz Leth, Franz Jr. and the entire Leth family are committed to the deepest expression of place.

The Wagram region of Austria is home to Europe’s most extensive loess soil formations. The region formed when glacial winds blew fine particles of agglomerated clay, sand and lime – loess – onto the prehistoric bedrock of the ancient course of the Danube river. The layers are up to 65 feet/20 meters deep and enable vine roots to delve deeply and absorb water and nutrients from the mineral-rich subsoils. Combined with the benevolent climate and wide temperature variation from day to night, perfect conditions combine to create unique terroir wines.

Throughout the winery’s history continuing to the present, the family Leth farms and produces wines with passion, idealism and innovation.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Vineyards in the first terraces at the foot of the Wagram hillside, Fels am Wagram.

  • Altitude: 656-721 feet/200–220 meters
  • Soil: Red gravel with some Loess cover, former riverbed of the Danube
  • No herbicides for 25 years, no insecticides for over 10 years
  • Farmed with organic principles and bio certification from 2021
  • No irrigation, green cover crops
  • Certified Sustainable Austria wine
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested with strict berry selection, no Botrytis
  • 3 hours skin contact
  • Gentle pneumatic press, 12 hours settling
  • Clear juice fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
  • Aged on fine lees 3-4 months before racking
  • Bottling from January
Winemaker's Notes

Fine harmony in the nose: stone fruit with a lot of peach and some fresh apricot. Elegant complexity of fruit with light herbs and spice on the palate, including some stony hints typical of Riesling.

Wine Summary

100% Riesling; alcohol: 12.5%; terraced vineyards on the Wagram hillside; red gravel soils with some loess cover; no herbicides or pesticides and dry farmed; hand harvested and sorted; 3 hours skin contact; fermented in stainless steel tanks; aged 3-4 months on fine lees; bottled from January; Certified Sustainable Austria wine.

Technical Information
  • 100% Riesling
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Total Acidity: 7.0 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 5.2 g/l

Reviews

90 Points

Crisp and fruity with lemons, yellow apples, wet stones and celery salt notes. Excellent freshness, with zesty acidity, a medium body and nicely mineral finish. From organically grown grapes. Sustainable. Drink now. Screw cap.

jamessuckling.com, November, 2023

General Info

Country Austria
Region Niederösterreich
Appellation(s) Wagram
Proprietors Franz Leth Family
Founded 1960
Winemaker Franz Leth Jr.
Annual Production 25,000 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable