- The Wine
A superb St. Laurent from the masters at Klosterneuburg, from one of the best red wines locations in the north Vienna region (Tattendorf), which is also the largest St Laurent vineyard in the world.
Ausstich means special selection, the wine is made from only the best barrels of St. Laurent each year. This is a smooth and warming red wine. In the nose think elderberries and red cherries, cinnamon and clove, a wintery promise which is fulfilled in the mouth with more spice - aniseed, maybe - and a complex cascade of berry accents. All these flavours need a bit of time to open up so decant, or open an hour before drinking.
The tradition of making alcoholic drinks has a great deal of its foundation in Monasteries and even the most ardent atheist should give thanks for this by-product of Christianity. The monastery of Stift Klosterneuberg has a centuries-old winemaking tradition which is continued to this day and has gone from a monastic hobby to a serious production and educational establishment where many winemakers first learn their trade. Whilst there are many workers there who are not a part of the religious community, the monks do still make their own wine.
St. Laurent has very juicy berries, velvety tannins and it is often quite mouth-filling. Its colour leans towards a deep, dark red. St. Laurent wines tend to be fruity and multi-layered, and with just a little bit of age, a St. Laurent wine can develop an exceptionally smooth texture. However, it is the wine’s bright sour-cherry aromas and flavours, which are typically offset by subtle tartness.
This is a suave and sophisticated wine with a lingering finish that continues to delight for ages. The 16 months in oak do not overwhelm the fruit of the wine but enhance its depth and flavour. Everything you expect from the grape is found in this wine. The acidity is beautifully subtle and gives those of us who can remember an image of sour cherry sweets from our youth. The length is tremendous and the flavours keep on giving. It pairs well with most food, especially meats and, as many commentators advise, those foods which you shouldn’t really eat like barbeques, cheese and anything fatty.
If you are a fan of Zweigelt, remember that the St. Laurent grape was combined with Blaüfrankisch to create Zweigelt in 1922 by Fritz Zweigelt. It is a very good parent indeed.
- Additional Information
Product code KLOSTERNEUBURGSTLAUSSTICH Bottle Size 0.75 Winemaker Stift Klosterneuberg Colour Red Wine Style Red, Still, Dry Variety St Laurent Country Austria Region(s) Thermenregion Ripeness Normal Closure Natural Cork Vintages 2009