Leth

Roter Veltliner Ried Fumberg – 2018

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

This historic Cru is situated in the neighboring village of Gosing, a bit higher in altitude. Large temperature swings between day and night.

  • Vine age: 2 parcels, one 35 years, one 20 – 30 years
  • Altitude: 300 meters
  • Soils: Primarly loess soils, slightly sandy and very well drained
Harvest Notes
  • No herbicides used in vineyard for 25 years
  • No pesticides for 10 years
  • No irrigation or fertilizers
  • Harvested by hand with strict grape selection
  • No skin contact, pneumatic pressing
  • 12 hours settling, clear juice fermentation with indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
  • Wine stays on lees until March bottling
Winemaker's Notes

Brilliant yellow gold. Delicate nuances of quince jelly, dates and blossom honey. Gracefully structured with juicy and balancing extract sweetness. Very mineral and persistent on the finish, still a powerful Roter Veltliner but more on the elegant side. Versatile food wine with good potential for further development.

Wine Summary

100% Roter Veltliner; Fumberg vineyard; vine ages 35 and 20-30 years; sandy loess soils; no herbicides or pesticides; 13.1% alcohol; hand harvested; no skin contact; wine on full lees until March bottling.

Technical Information
  • 100% Roter Veltliner grapes
  • Alcohol: 13.1%
  • RS: 2.5 g/L
  • TA: 5.4 g/L

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