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LAURENZ V. focuses solely on Austria's legendary native grape, Grüner Veltliner. Grüner is best described as having elegance and finesse, with a floral perfume and a refreshing zip. Singing is the perfect introduction to Grüner Veltliner and shows lively, harmonious fruit with a rewarding finish – a wine that “sings” on your palate!
A very attractive fruit bouquet yields apple, peach and citrus aromas along with a typical Veltliner spiciness and a touch of white pepper. The soft and juicy palate is supported by fine acidity. It sings on the palate!
Gruner Veltliner has effected a Cinderellalike transformation over the past few years. This is thanks to the likes of Laurenz V in the Kamptal region of Austria, who produce an elegant, ageworthy style of Gruner that has captivated the international market.
In 2004 Laurenz Moser V partnered with Dieter Hubler and the Schweiger family to form Laurenz V, a wine firm dedicated exclusively to the production of world-class Gruner Veltliner. Focussing entirely on this varietal, they produce several distinct proprietary wines and have played a leading role in communicating the premium qualities of Gruner Veltliner on the world wine stage. Their wines display brisk acidity, with unusually-pronounced concentration of flavour, voluptuous texture and vibrant minerality. They are also remarkably easy to pair with food, complementing everything from seafood, to rich meaty, and spicy dishes.
Terroir and climate are key in Kamptal. The right bank of the river Kamp gives Gruner creaminess and length, and the left bank’s granite and mica-slate accounts for the minerality and freshness of Laurenz V’s classic style. Cold air from the north lowers night-time temperatures to slow the ripening process, which is crucial in producing the concentrated style of Gruner that Laurenz V is so well known for. They also source grapes from trusted growers in the Kremstal region of Lower Austria, where Gruner Veltliner reaches optimal ripeness while retaining its trademark vivacity.
The grapes for this Veltliner are grown mainly in loess and gravel soils of the Kamptal and Kremstal Valley. Their distinctive fruitiness is owed to marked alternating temperatures of the north-south positioned valleys: warm air rising from the Danube valley is met by cool air flowing down from the nearby Waldviertel region and along the Kamp and Krems river. While this warmth influences ripeness and concentrated aromas, the coolness lends strongly to the fresh fruitiness.
The 2018 season began moderately. In fact, it started off as quite a “warm winter” with a very mild January and during February, when we would normally expect freezing temperatures as low as minus fifteen degrees Celsius, the mercury seldom fell below Zero (approx. 32°F ). This led to a warm and rain-free spring, culminating into a dry and hot summer. From mid-April to August, we experienced unusually warm summer conditions, coupled with intermittent downpours. This much needed rainfall nourished our vines to ensure steady growth and maturation, with some 300 litres of rainfall until harvest time. Two chilly weeks in mid-March transitioned into a very warm April inducing an early budding, happening around the 6th to 7th April, followed by warm and dry spring and very hot summer. Diligent crop thinning (green harvest) was performed during the first two weeks of July, and this was critical to reach the desired physiologic ripeness. A dry and warm September encouraged the grapes to ripen at excellent physiological maturity and the harvest occurred around three weeks earlier than our long-term average picking time on 10th September and continued through until 19th October. The typically cooling effects of Kamptal nights aid to retain the freshness and aromatic characters of the fruit, and thanks to the highly selective harvest, we were able to cool the grapes and preserve the fruity character of our GRUNERs. Fermentation began promptly and was temperature controlled completed without any incidents – (approx. 17°C or 62°F). Extended maturation on the lees will result in elegant wines with longevity and fresh, lively and bright acidity. The 2018 vintage is a highly elegant, very spicy vintage with an array of fruit-driven aromas, showcasing the various terroir aspects of our beloved Kamp valley.
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