4 Stars Falstaff 2013
For red wines, Markowitsch is in a class of his own amongst Austrian producers. His vineyards, in Carnuntum are ideally situated on a slope approximately equidistant from the Danube River on one side and the Neusiedlersee on the other. The soils are sandy loam and limestone (perfect for reds) and he does not irrigate. He is equally famous for his rare cuvées of Pinot Noir, Rosenberg blend, and his ultimate “M” cuvée, as he is for his value cuvées, Rubin Carnuntum and Carnuntum Cuvée. We find his Pinot Noir to be stunning.
|Wine||Varietals||Vine Age||Soil Type||Farming Type|
|Carnuntum Rosé||70% Zweigelt, 20% Blaufrankisch, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon||5-20 years||Gravel upper soil with lime-rich subsoil||Sustainable|
|Pinot Noir Rosé||Pinot Noir||5-20 years||Gravel-loam soil with lime-rich subsoil||Sustainable|
|Grüner Veltliner Schanzacker||Grüner Veltliner||5-20 years||Löss, gravelly loam||Sustainable|
|Blaufränkisch||Blaufränkisch||7-15 years||Sand, lime, loam||Sustainable|
|Carnuntum Cuvée||80% Zweigelt, 10% Blaufräkisch, 10% Pinot Noir||5-20 years||Löss, gravelly loam||Sustainable|
|Pinot Noir||Pinot Noir||10 years||Limestone, gravelly loam||Sustainable|
|St Laurent Rothenberg||St. Laurent||15 years||Lime, gravelly loam||Sustainable|
|M1||80% Merlot, 10% Blaufränkisch, 10% Zweigelt||20-25 years||Sandy loam soils with lime-rich subsoil||Sustainable|
All hand-harvested fruit, fermented with indigenous yeats, vinified in tank on fine lees. Light pink colour, fresh aroma of strawberries and cherries, fresh and harmonious on the palate with light finish. 1.2g/L residual sugar.
The fermentation and aging on the fine lees takes place in stainless steel tanks. It´s a crispy, crystal clear, fruit driven light and elegant white wine. It´s a wine for any occasion, with a perfect value.
Blaufränkisch is the spiciest grape variety in Austria. This wine shows intense and deep fruit character, good blance and soft tannins. After fermentation in stainless steel tanks and 14 days of maceration time, the wine rests for malolactic fermentation and is aged 12 months in used french oak barrels
This estate red wine shows the typical character of the indigenous red grapes of Carnuntum; Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch and Pinot Noir. It´s an elegant fruit driven red wine for any occasion. After fermentation in stainless steel tanks and 14 days of maceration time, the wine rests for malolactic fermentation and is aged for several months in big oak vats.
Carnuntum is one of the most exciting terroirs for Pinot Noir in Austria. On the soft slopes you find a high limestone content in deeper layers, but also some mussel lime on the surface of this sandy, gravelly loam soils. The windy Influence of the Danube river cools the night temperatures to give freshness to these wines. After a cool and slow fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine moves to barrels for the malolactic fermentation and to age 12 months without racking to keep its freshness and elegance.
St. Laurent is related to the Pinot Noir grape, but is darker in color and in the fruit character. St. Laurent also has more aciditiy and tannin structure, so it´s a unique indigenous grape of Austria. The Rothenberg single vineyard with his red (rot) gravel soil and high iron content is perfect for this grape. Rothenberg faces southwest, but is surrounded from a small forest so it has a cooler climate - very important for this grape. After fermentation in stainless steel tank, the young wine runs in 500 liter barrels for malolactic and 15 months aging.
M1 - the best the Markowitsch Winery has to offer and from Gerhard's first vines planted himself. This wine is produced only in exceptional vintages and is our greatest challenge regarding terroir and vinification. Fermentation with indigenous yeasts on the skins in wooden fermentation vats, maceration period of 24-30 days. Aged 24 months in French oak barriques.