This is a wonderful example of St Laurent with a darkly scented but still youthful nose, moving to concentrated fruits of berries & dark cherries on the palate. It has a very solid structure, good balance & enough tannins to ensure a good length, without overpowering the more delicate flavours. St Laurent is distantly related to Pinot Noir & grown widely in Austria.
The vineyards are around Oberwaltersdorf & have barren alluvial soil with high lime content.
The grapes were hand-picked mid-October, 80% were de-stemmed while 20% were left as whole clusters. 30% of the fermentation was spontaneous & then yeast was added to start the remainder. Skin contact lasted for 14 days & then gently pressed, with 40% in used barrels & 60% in stainless steel tanks for 8-12 months.
Bottled: July 2011
Wine status: Quality Wine
Tartaric Acid: 4.9g/l
Residual Sugar: 3.9g/l