Leo Alzinger Jr took over the family domaine in 2002 after returning from harvest in New Zealand. Prior to that he traveled to other regions to gain more experience. “The most significant experience came with my work in in Germany in the Pfalz at Müller-Catoir in the vintage 2000.
Harvest at Alzinger happens later than some of Leo’s neighbors in Unterloiben, something he attributes to old vines and the specific exposition of his parcels. The extra time on the vine doesn’t increase sugar levels, Leo says, but rather pushes physiological ripeness to greater balance. Tasting the wines next to some of the other Wachau greats, it becomes apparent that elegance and pristine fruit is what Leo looks for in winemaking, rather than opulence. Alzinger’s wines are never forceful or assertive; they are instead amazingly sanguine and calmly transparent.
The Riesling Ried Loibenberg Smaragd (Smaragd indicating the highest quality level of wine from the Wachau) The south-facing terraces of the Loibenberg store sun all day long and are considered the warmest in the Wachau. The range of the highest and lowest terraces is 200 meters in altitude. In addition, many vineyards are located in the shade of protective forests. The Riesling is rooted in barren and shallow soils that promote a tighter style.
Reflection of its terroir; concentrated and yet elegant at the same time; complex aroma profile – mostly with tropical nuances; velvety, juicy on the palate, yet gripping and lively.
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