Spade Oak ‘Heart of Gold’ St Laurent 2013

The two Austrian varietals introduced as innovative grapes, Gruner Veltline and St Laurent are slowly and literally gaining ground. Gruner Veltliner in particular seems to have captured growers imaginations throughout the country, and is seen planted from Gisborne to Central Otago. As present, the public have yet to share the same enthusiasm, and sales have not been strong. The red variety St Laurent may prove different. There is far less planted, and the best known examples come from Spade Oak in Gisborne, Forrest Estate in Marlborough and Judge Rock in Alexandra, Central Otago, though other plantings have already or are coming on stream. The resultant wines have plenty of vinosity and character, an identity of their own, yet a strong similarity to one of its genetic parents, Pinot Noir, which is more than what Gruner Veltliner appears to offer. The future is probably brighter for St Laurent. Steve and Eileen Voysey first cropped St Laurent in 2009, and report growing success and sales. They’ve not persevered with the Gruner Veltliner which they reported very little public interest in. Here, I review their fifth release St Laurent, from the 2013 vintage.


  • Spade Oak ‘Heart of Gold’ Gisborne St Laurent 2013

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