Hans Herzog Marlborough St Laurent

St Laurent 2016

Regular price $69.00 Sale

For the Saint in us all, Austrian’s St. Laurent is a highly aromatic dark-skinned grape variety. Like a Pinot with poise, a bit darker and more assertive. Think sweet, luscious, ripe dark cherries, blueberries, and lovely spices. Rich with a great backbone of soft tannins and acidity for a long life. Heaps of barrel and bottle age for a satiny, mouth-filling texture and long, elegant finish

Vintage 2016+

We picked this splendid, highly aromatic and early flowering but late ripening Austrian variety (one parent being Zweigelt, the being Blaufränkisch) at the beginning of April after a perfect summer season. We close-planted the St. Laurent at 8,000 plants per hectare which allows for one short cane and a tiny yield of 600g of grapes per vine only but for incredible sweet and succulent fruit.

Hans' Winemaking Comments+

'After an extended skin contact (cold maceration) of 21 days I let the must progress to a natural (wild yeast) fermentation. Then gently pressed and transferred in one new and one used French Barriques to let it progress to a natural malolactic fermentation. The wine matured under perfect condition in the barrel hall for a lengthy 24 months. No fining. No filtration. Natural goodness…'

Tasting Notes+

For the Saint in us all; beautiful aromas of sweet, luscious and ripe dark cherries and blueberries with a hint of spices. Rich but with a great backbone of ripe tannins and acidity for a long life. Mouth-filling and well structured with satin textures for a long elegant finish.

Technical Data +
Variety     100% St. Laurent
Rootstock Riparia Gloire
Vine Planted 2008
Soil  Shallow (<45 cm) stony soil, well drained, developed from stony alluvium. Not one row shows the same soil type. Sand and gravel is broken up by clay-sand layers.
Planting Density   8,000 vines/ha
Yield  2t/ha
Alcohol 13.5%
Residual Sugar  <1 g/l
Ageing Potential 15 years
Bottles Produced 756
Food Matching Suggestions+

This delicious and alluring wine goes with a wide array of most meats including wild game, comfort foods and any meat that is rich with fat and flavour profiles.