St. Laurent 2015

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Paul Achs returned to the family winery in Gols in 1991 after spending time in California where he learned to produce red wines at the highest level of quality. Ninety percent of the production is dedicated to red wine and all 58 acres are farmed biodynamically. Paul Achs wines are characterized by elegance and finesse.

The Parndorfer Platte is a south-facing escarpment of complex soils situated near the villages of Gols and Mönchoff and is the source of Paul Achs’ St. Laurent. Here, the diversity of soil combines with a southern exposure and the warm Pannonian climate to give wines of profound expression and longevity.

St. Laurent is a red grape most likely of Austrian origin where it has been cultivated since the 19th century although its genetic ancestry is still uncertain. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks and is aged for 12 months in a combination of used 228 liter French and Austrian oak barrels. 

Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Neusiedlersee
Vineyard name:
The Heideboden, Goldberg, and Altenberg vineyards
Vineyard size:
20 acres
Soil composition:
Iron-rich and Gravel
Training method:
Middlehigh Training
Elevation:
500 feet
Vines/acre:
2,000
Yield/acre:
1.6 tons
Exposure:
Western
Year vineyard planted:
1992-2000
Harvest time:
August-September
First vintage of this wine:
1994
Bottles produced of this wine:
5,800
Certified eco-friendly practices:
Biodynamic-Respekt
Certified vineyards:
All
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% St. Laurent
Fermentation container:
Staninless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
22 days
Fermentation temperature:
91 °F
Maceration technique:
Pumpovers
Length of maceration:
26 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Fining agent:
Vegan
Type of aging container:
Barriques
Size of aging container:
228 L
Age of aging container:
7 - 9 years
Type of oak:
French and Austrian
Length of aging before bottling:
20 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
12.0 %
pH level:
3.6
Residual sugar:
1.0 g/L
Acidity:
5.2 g/L
Dry extract:
25.8 g/L

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