Rosi Schuster St. Laurent Zagersdorf 2012

50 year old vines, only 12% alcohol, serious and profound. Slight tobacco with a sweet Pinot finish.
SKU: 2274
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$73.50

Details

Details

Zagersdorf is a village quite close to the Hungarian border. Rosi Schuster and son Hannes make superior Blaufränkisch and Sankt Laurent from several small villages in this area. The winery is Certified organic and the winemaking is quite traditional. For this wine, only old oak is used. The vines are 50 years old on average, the alcohol is relatively low (12%) but the wine is quite concentrated and full. Soil is limestone. This is a profound expression of a very difficult and cantankerous grape, but if done right is extremely rewarding.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Farming Standard organic
Winemaker Hannes Schuster
Producer Schuster
Alcohol 13.00
ml 750
Residual Sugar (g/L) 1.00
Acidity (g/l) 5.50
Closure Cork
Cellar Potential Optimal from 2010-2018
Grape Variety 100% - Saint Laurent
Body medium
Sweetness dry
region Burgenland

Region

Burgenland


Burgenland is made up of 4 "sub-areas" and covers 19,215 hectares, which is about 48,000 acres. The dominating geographical influence here is the Neusiedler Lake (Neusiedlersee), and the 4 subdivided areas are called Southern Burgenland (Südburgenland), Central Burgenland (Mittelburgenland), Neusiedler Lake (Neusiedlersee) and the Neusiedler Lake Highlands (Neusiedlersee-Hügelland).

From the northernmost Neusiedlersee area comes full-bodied white wines, including the countries best Chardonnays. This is also an area where great red wines are produced, including those from the "Pannobile" co-operative who age their wines in oak.

Due to the vineyards proximity to the lake and their location in the hot Pannonian climate zone, their grapes more often than not develop the "noble rot" (botrytis cinerea) which creates heady dessert wines. The region stretches along the Hungarian border, right across which Tokaji is being made.

The town of Rust, in the Neusiedler Lake Highlands, is where the famous Ruster Ausbruch dessert wine is made. This is also where storks come to roost every year, building their enormous nests on the roof of every building along the main roads. They make a clicking sound which is somewhere between a woodpecker and a jackhammer, and as you sit at the Heuriger (wine garden) drinking the afternoon away, the potential cacophony becomes something of a symphony.

Subregion

Neusiedlersee-Huegelland


We are at the west side of the Neusiedler Lake.The Austrian wine establishment has now begun to call this region Leithaberg, after the local hillsides themselves, although it is hard to imagine winegrowing in this region without the beneficent influence of the lake.

The free city of Rust has been famous for its sweet wines for centuries, now producing memorable reds and dry whites as well.

The towns of St Margarethen, Donnerskirchen and Grosshöflein are all proving to be sources of excellent grapes from the varieties Blaufränkisch and St Laurent, as well as for the more surprising Sauvignon Blanc.

The major municipality Eisenstadt is the capital of Burgenland; the area has been settled since the early Iron Age, and evidence of viticulture exists in Celtic hill burials from nearly three thousand years ago.

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