JAMESSUCKLING.COM Top 100 AUSTRIAN Wines 2018: rating 94
You could easily mistake this for a village wine from Burgundy, thanks to the cherry, earthy and meaty notes, as well as the balance of dry tannins and bright acidity on the medium-full body. Long, dry and mineral finish, Drink or hold.
JAMES SUCKLING: Rating 92
Although this has some substance and earthy character it is also a little funky and both tannic and tart at the finish. That combination doesn’t exactly make it charming, and it needs at least another year of ageing, but it does have a lot of character.
FALSTAFF ROTWEIN GUIDE 2018: Rating 93
PARKER: Rating 90-91
Tasted assembled from cask, the Gobelsburg 2012 Pinot Noir Alte Haide was due for bottling in May, 2014. Choke cherry piquancy and tartness of rhubarb are complemented by as well as contrasted with a texturally polished palate, leading to an exuberantly juicy and lingering finish. Hints of iris root, blond tobacco and crushed stone lend intrigue and further savor while high-toned suggestions of kirsch distillate enhance the sense of vibrancy. This is going to be one of the most successful Gobelsburg Pinots yet and likely worth following through at least 2022.
ÖSTERREICH ROTWEINGUIDE: 5 Glasses
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SELECTION: 4 stars
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FALSTAFF: 92 Points
VINARIA: 3 Stars
GAULT MILLAU: 18 Points – 3 Grapes
PARKER: Rating 88
Leading with a salty, smoky, slightly reduced aromatic profile, the Gobelsburg 2011 Pinot Noir Alte Haide deploys tart-edged sour cherry and tomato on the juicy palate, smoked meat savor and pit piquancy informing a mouthwatering if rather chewy finish. I suspect that this will be best enjoyed by 2016.
WINE ENTHUSIAST: Rating 88
The gentle red currant and rasperry fruit in this subtly oaked red lurks amid notes of spicy pepper, undergrowth and autumn leaves. There is a gentle grip and a very natural, unforced sense of elegance to the structure.
Cask sample: A fine aromatic blend of fully ripened raspberries and lightly roasted almonds – with the scent of roses always setting the tone; still a bit restrained. Somewhat powerful on the palate, also youthful, medium- to full-bodied, very hearty and surprisingly rich in tannins. Good for ageing.
WEINGUIDE 2014: 4 Glasses
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Wein.Pur: 3 Glasses (85 Points)
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VINUM: Rating 17,5 – Best Pinot Noirs of the World
PARKER: Rating 89
Pithy and faintly chewy, Moosbrugger’s 2010 Pinot Noir Alte Haide is quite the alter ego to his 2011 Zweigelt Haide that I happen to have tasted immediately before. In this wine, some sweetness of fruit as well as textural polish are sacrificed for the sake of considerable complexity, with hints of smoked meat, mushrooms, tamarind, black tea, stone and fruit pit inflecting fresh, tart-edged cherry and plum, leading to a finish of mouthwatering savor. Look for this lean but fascinating Pinot to serve admirably at table and evolve yet more interestingly through at least 2016.
MEDIANET WINEGUIDE: 5 Glasses
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WEIN.PUR: 3 Glasses
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THE WINE REVIEW: Bronze
Pinot Noir Alte Haide has been awarded with Bronze at the Tenth Annual Challenge.
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