Umathum St. Laurent Classic 2012

Bright, Classic, easy to drink with an appealing tartness. Medium weight. Very stylish wine. 93 pts W&S.
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$23.75

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FROM THE WINEMAKER "Our 2012 wines are bold, full of flavor, and characterized by a light tartness. Deeply ripened and hearty grapes brought forth the distinct spice notes that defined the year. In all, it was a fine vintage with most pleasing wines. Weather patterns were marked by an interplay of hot and cold periods, combined with a persistent drought. Only a cool and wet stretch in mid July alleviated a severe shortage of moisture. To begin the year, a mild January was followed by an extremely cold February, while March and April on the other hand were unusually warm. Yet, by mid May frost had returned. On the 18th of May, the Eisheiligen, or "ice saints" as we say in German lands, returned with a night of frost that delivered some damage to the still very sensitive vineyards. Fortunately, the warmth radiating from Lake Neusiedl impeded further havoc. What was missing in large measure was precipitation as winter was unusually dry and every rain front until the end of July had bypassed Lake Neusiedl." The growth rate of the grapes was modest, and the constant shift in weather between cool and warm meant the grapes matured in different stages. In the middle of August another heat wave had hit. With the shriveling of some grapes a higher sugar concentration and fruitier taste was reached, all of which make the 2012 vintage so exciting. An early start to the harvest at the end of August and a reduced yield meant that we could wrap up the harvest by September 27th, an earlier date than ever before.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Farming Standard biodynamic
Winemaker Josef
Producer Umathum
Alcohol 12.50
ml 750
Residual Sugar (g/L) 0.00
Acidity (g/l) 0.00
Closure No
Cellar Potential This wine is ready now and will benefit from ageing. Keep up to 8 years.
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


Powerful wines from the sunny banks of the narrow steppe lake known itself as Neusiedlersee.

The hot and dry climate of the eastern banks, known as the Heideboden, offers ideal conditions for growing memorable wines in the categories red, white and nobly sweet. Weissburgunder, Chardonnay and Neuburger yield rich and ageworthy white wines, while the Zweigelt is the most prominent red variety, found in the bottle frequently in the company of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

In the town of Gols, the growers' association Pannobile has done much to raise the reputation of the local red wines, and the recent influence of Biodynamics has had a very positive influence on Blaufränkisch produced in the region, rendering it more expressive and less oaky.

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Reviews
Umathum St. Laurent Classic 2012
Umathum St. Laurent Classic 2012
Review by Wine & Spirits
93 given by Wine & Spirits.
Josef Umathum farms nearly 90 acres spread out along the north and east sides of Lake Neusiedl, tended under biodynamics since 2005. In 2012, a warm, dry August brought the grapes to ripeness for his earliest harvest ever, and one he rates as great. The ripeness of the grapes is evident in this wine, a dark, purple-fruited red that’s reduced at first. But given a couple of hours of air, there’s a wealth of complexity here: It’s the gravelly tannins, the toasted mustard seed spice and the cool granite firmness of the wine that make it so compelling. Terrific Sankt Laurent.