2014

St. Laurent Dorflagen, Gerhard Pittnauer

Austria, Burgeland

A wine with attitude! Bold example of Austria’s star local red grape – St Laurent – all the pizzazz of a vinous apple and blackberry crumble – with a light tannin frame. A racy, juicy and above all individual medium bodied red.”

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MWS: 95

SKU: 1045. Category: .

Origin

Dorflagen comes from a cross section of vineyards in and around the area of Gols in Burgenland. The St. Laurent grapes is believed by some to be a relative of Pinot Noir (its origins are probably French), Austria adopted the grape in the 19th Century and it is now extensively planted, particularly in the area of Burgenland in South-East corner.

Grape Variety

100% St. Laurent.

The grapes are harvested early and receive very light oak treatment, as the whole emphasis is upon promoting the pure primary fruit character of the St Laurent grape.

Alcohol Percentage

12.0%

Cellar Potential

Drink now and over the next 2 years.

Producer

Gerhard Pittnauer won the Winemaker of the Year award from Falstaff magazine in 2014 - the top winemaker award in Austria. He is a philosophical winemaker (aren’t they all?) so let’s leave the last word to him:

“Even my winemaking approach is a rather puristic one (no additions besides sulphur); I don´t want to make a faith of it after all. I am aware, that "leaving out" also can be a strong stylistic device; particularly in vintages with low sugar ripeness, like 2014 in Austria, that low alcohol can be a unique selling point. But both market and production in terms of wine are so diverse, that there is a place for everyone and everything. Being vintner and winemaker is not a cakewalk, most of the time”.

Food Match

Serve cool in the summer. Cuts nicely through richer and “fattier” dishes, such as lamb and duck, as well as mixed BBQ grills. Would also work well with good old bangers, spring onion mash and onion gravy.

In the press

Wine Enthusiast: "Subtle but very pure notes of morello cherry rise aromatically. The morello expression becomes even stronger on the toned, elegant and ever-so-slender palate with just the right amount of tender, tannic structure. This is effortlessly stylish and at the same time very honest and fresh-faced." 91 Points

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