Rossi Schuster 2011 Sankt Laurent

Posted by Keith Wallace

Tasting Notes

We first noted the deep dark red color of the wine. The first barnyard then leather and smoky aromas dominated with hints of pepper and spice on the nose. On the palate, a silky texture with just the right balance of acidity and well-behaved tannins with layers of dark cherry, wild berries, and green pepper. The finish was long with a hint of mineral and spice. We agreed, once found, this is one you’ll want to drink again.

Sankt Laurent

The Sankt Laurent grape, more commonly known as St. Laurent, is Austria’s rare, red grape treasure. Although its origin is sketchy, DNA profiling suggests a relation to Pinot Noir but is still debatable. However, St. Laurent is certainly the parent of Zweigelt (the other parent is Blaukenfrankish). With its somewhat low yield, the variety is considered somewhat difficult in the vineyard. It needs good sites with deep soils. Sensitive to late frost, it brings inconsistent yields. About 784 ha were planted as of 2009. Found mostly in Thermenregion and northern Burgenland.

The wines tend to be dark purple in color, structural yet silky, sturdy, and fruity with a characteristic dark – cherry flavor, similar to Pinot Noir. Blackberries, smoke, and spice are also commonly exhibited. They are of high quality and have good age ability.


Grown in the northern Burgenland region, the continuous influences of the warm Pannonian climate help define the character of the wine. This dedicated vintner, Hannes Schuster, is located west of Lake Neusiedl on the slopes of the Leitha Mountains. The calcareous soils are exposed to the sun’s warmth, and cool evening breezes are preferred for the fussy St. Laurent vines. His St. Laurent speaks loud and clear for the extraordinary potential of the Zagersdorf terroir.

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