Friday, April 22, 2011

2009 Weingut Pittnauer St. Laurent Dorflagen Burgenland Austria

 Weingut Pittnauer

Owned by Gerhard and Brigitte Pittnauer, Weingut Pittnauer is located on the eastern shore of the Neusiedlersee (also called Lake Neusied in English) in Austria's Burgenland region, which is at the eastern extremity of Austria bordering with Hungary.

The special micro-climate of this district is characterized by Austria's longest hours of sunlight, high humidity and moderate temperatures influenced by the large, shallow lake Neusiedlersee. The winery possesses vineyards with excellent exposure and location, which form the basis for their ambitious wines.

The young couple Brigit and Gerhard Pittnauer are considered as St. Laurent specialists and their Pinot Noir is one of the best varietal representatives from Austria. Pittnauer is a 100% biodynamic winery.

Weingut Pittnauer produces a few wines including 5 that are available in the US market through Savio Soares Selections: Blaufrankisch, Velvet, Zweigelt, Pittnauer Rot and our wine of today St. Laurent. 



2009 Weingut Pittnauer St. Laurent Dorflagen Burgenland Austria
Suggested retail price $20-$23
Imported / distributed by Savio Soares Selections in NYC

Often characterized as Pinot Noir on steroids, St. Laurent is a grape found in Austria and southern Germany that is related to Pinot Noir, but it is much bigger in style than most pinots. The Klassik is a St. Laurent that sees only 6 months in used barriques. A fruit forward style of Austrian wine with dark cherries and blackberries on the palate. 100% Biodynamic!

100% St. Laurent handpicked, sorted and crushed into stainless steel tanks. Fermentation alcoholic occurs in temperature controlled stainless steel vats with natural yeasts only. The must remains on the skins for controlled extraction. The wine is then racked into French oak where the malolactic fermentation takes place and it is left in oak for 6-10 months ageing. Once bottled, it spends several more months to rest in the bottle before release.          

The 2009 St. Laurent Dorflagen presents a dark, almost inky ruby color. On the nose delicate nuances of mint, minerals and citrus zest, nicely mingled with characteristic ripe black berries aromas and subtle herbal, earthy notes. On the palate, complexity, freshness and refine acidity enhance the intense cassis fruit and other dark wild berries flavors. The finish is long and mineral with very good aging potential. It is a pretty exceptional, balanced, rich and enjoyable wine with great acidity, ripeness and other characteristics very specific to the St. Laurent grape. Highly recommended, especially if you never tasted a St. Laurent grape based wine.

Enjoy!
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