2012 Juris St. Laurent Selection
"St. Laurent is a wild cross between Pinot Noir and an unknown variety. Likely originating from France, it is now native to Burgenland. In the early 1980’s, Axel’s father Georg was among the first to focus on single varietal bottling of St. Laurent. The "Selection" St Laurent is sourced from vineyards of approximately 15 years cloned from the best of their old vines. With a warm and dry 2011 vintage, ripening was easily achieved resulting in big spicy aromatics balanced by an elegant weight and elegant texture. An earthy mix of sour cherries and black pepper, plenty of acid and a grippy structure - think Pinot Noir’s bolder and cheekier sister. Will pair wonderfully with venison, gamey veal/rabbit stews, mushrooms and practically anything topped with a Juniper sauce." - Distributor
About the Estate
"The Juris winery is located in the town of Gols, a place where wine has been the primary source of livelihood for over 2,000 years. Located halfway between Vienna and Budapest along the northern shores of the Nesiedlersee wine district, the Stiegelmar family has been making wine since 1571.
"Their underground Günther Cellar, built in 1756, maintains a perfect temperature of 10° C (50° F) ideal for sensitive varieties like Pinot Noir and Saint Laurent. Neither heated, nor cooled, the complex gravity flow system spanning 4 floors, maintains a constant temperature throughout the year. This is Austria’s first passive energy wine facility. On the international stage, Georg Stiegelmar was also named “Winemaker of the Year” at the 1995 International Wine and Spirit Competition in London, and was told he possessed “The total command of winemaking” by Robert Mondavi. Axel and his wife Herta carry on this tradition of excellence. Their sons Gregor and Philipp are already showing interest in continuing the family business. In addition to St. Laurent and Pinot Noir, Juris produces excellent Zweigelt, and small amounts of late harvest “amarone” style, and white wine." - Distributor