Leth

Roter Veltliner Klassik – 2021

Region: Austria - Wagram

Leth

Established in the early 1960s, three generations of the Leth family have worked tirelessly to established 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.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Loess-terraces vineyards along the hillsides in Fels and Gösing am Wagram.

  • Soils: Partly sandy, gravel soils with Loess cover
  • Altitude: 656-985 feet/200–300 meters
  • No herbicides for over 25 years
  • No insecticides for over 10 years
  • Loess soils and terrior, and green soil covering eliminates need for irrigation and fertilizers
  • Following organic standards, Formal Bio certification from 2021
Harvest Notes
  • Harvested by hand with strict grape selection
  • Whole bunch cluster pressed without skin contact
  • Settled for 12 hours
  • Clear juice fermentation with indigenous and selected yeasts in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
  • Aged on fine lees for 2 months
  • Bottled in February
Winemaker's Notes

Red apple and sweet melon on the delicate nose. A juicy, tropical fruit mix on the palate with a perfect balance of acidity and a whisper of sweetness. Creamy spice, warm and lingering. A versatile food wine that delivers endless sipping pleasure.

Wine Summary

100% Roter Veltliner; alcohol: 12.5%; terraced vineyards in Fels and Gösing Wagram hillsides; sandy and gravelly loess soils; no herbicides, pesticides, irrigation or fertilizer; hand harvested with strict berry selection; whole bunch cluster pressed; no skin contact; fermented in stainless steel tanks; aged 2 months on fine lees until February bottling; Certified Sustainable Austria wine.

Technical Information
  • 100% Roter Veltliner
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Total Acidity: 7.0 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 3.9 g/l
  • Certified Sustainable Austria wine

Reviews

16 Points

Organic wine. Fruit from the first pass through the Fels vineyards. Tank fermented.
Scented with ripe apple and hedgerow blossom. Fragrant and so pretty on the palate too. Reminds me of almond blossom. Lively, crisp and scented on the palate without being overly floral. 2023 – 2024

JancisRobinson.com, March, 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