91 points Wine Enthusiast
"A very subtle nose suggests tenderness and the palate follows with gentle notes of tart red currant and cranberry. These are sheathed in a richer rounder lick of vanilla. The body is light, wonderfully dry and pervaded by freshness. This is an engagingly smooth red wine with lots of zing."
Vinous Reverie Notes
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. This Pinot Noir thrives in the rolling hills around Höflein. The cooler locations in particular (Ried Scheibner and Ried Kirchtal) with their lime-rich subsoils form ideal conditions for this delicate Pinot Noir. A light red with an intense scent of red berries, rose hips and aromatic spices. It is velvety, soft and yet very fresh with a crystalline acidity that suits it very well. Food Pairing: combining it with roasted pink meat, risotto with porcini mushrooms and morels. Serve a little chilled.