Johanneshof Reinisch Saint Laurent 2019

Type: Red
Country: Austria
Region: Thermenregion
Grape Variety: 100% Saint Laurent
Viticulture: Certified Organic

Climate: Warm climate
Terroir: Vineyard grown on calcareous alluvial soil
Winemaking: The grapes are harvested at the beginning of October. The must is left to macerate on the skins for between 2 – 3 weeks and fermentation takes place in large oak casks. The wine is aged in barrels of varying sizes (3000 L and partly 225 L) for 12 months

Color: Deep red
Nose: A funky, gamy note blends with the tart cherry notes on the nose
Palate: The palate is fluid, juicy and fresh, with a lovely, slightly rustic grip. Slender freshness and tingling savoriness create a long finish

About the Winery:
Three Brothers – Two Terroirs – One Vision

A brief 30-minute drive south of Vienna will bring you to the door of Johanneshof Reinisch. Located in Austria’s historic Thermenregion, the Reinisch family is producing wine in the fourth generation, with the current winemaking team comprised of three brothers: Hannes, Christian and Michael. With a 2,000-year legacy of wine growing in the region, the Reinischs maintain Thermenregion traditions with vineyards planted to 65 % red and 35 % white vines.

The Thermenregion acquired this name, in part, from geothermal hot springs that flow under the vineyards here, contributing to favourable wine-growing conditions for finicky varieties like Pinot Noir. Best known for their excellent Pinot Noir and St. Laurent, there is a particular focus at Johanneshof Reinisch on the Burgundy varieties. Their Pinot Noir vines grow in vineyards from both the stony, alluvial gravel soils of Tattendorf near the winery and the elevated, nutrient-rich soils of Gumpoldskirchen.

As a family that tends its own vine nursery, local grapes and traditions are important, and in their Gumpoldskirchen vineyards, the indigenous grape varieties Rotgipfler and Zierfandler are cultivated. There are roughly 100 hectares (247 acres) remaining in the world of these two indigenous white varieties making the Reinisch’s offerings an unusual glimpse into Austria’s wine roots. The Reinisch family farms organically and takes their thoughtful approach from vineyard to cellar to bottle.