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2008 Weingut Leth Fels, Roter Veltliner, Hofweingarten, Lagenreserve, Wagram


Franz Leth, Image from Weingut Leth

Weingut Leth has been producing wine since the 1960s.  The soils are composed of an incredibly thick layer, up to 20 meters, of loam, sand, and chalk that provide both water and minerals for the vines.  The grapes are sourced from such vineyards as the Schieben, Brunnthal, Floss, Wagramterrassen, and Steinagrund vineyards.

Vineyards Near Fels am Wagram, Image from Weingut Leth

The Hofweingarten is a special wine just for the Domaine Select importer.  The grapes are sourced from various parcels located on Loss which are sandy gravel soils.  These parcesl are located on terraces between 200 and 300 meters.  This 100% Roter Veltiner is produced from vines that are 15-20 years old.  No herbicides have been used for 25 years and the vines are not irrigated.  The grapes are hand harvested then fermented and aged in stainless steel for three to four months.  There were 350 cases produced.

Franz Leth Junior, Image from Weingut Leth

I bought this wine for $16 from MacArthur’s.  I must admit I rarely drink wine from Austria so this was a bit of a wake up call for me.  I recommend this wine and will certainly be picking up other selections so I may explore this region in depth.

 2008 Weingut Leth Fels, Roter Veltliner, Hofweingarten, Lagenreserve, Wagram
This wine has a light color of green-yellow.  I drank this bottle over three nights and it held up quite well.  The nose released aromsa of crisp, green apples.  In the mouth this medium-bodied wine show ripe fruits that, again, tilt towards apple flavors.  The acidity comes out in the begining and keeps things lively as stone qualities and sweet fruit develop.  There is a gritty, tannic nature to the finish.  Good robust stuff that shows overall balance!  *** Now.

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