JAMESSUCKLING.COM: rating 93
This has cooked red beet-aromas as well as ripe plums with a discreet touch of smoky oak. Some real concentration on the well structured palate, where the interplay o fruit, acidity and solid tannins gives the wine a lot of appeal. Long, rather complex, warm finish. Drink or hold.
JAMES SUCKLING: Rating 91
With its big black cherry and blackberry fruit but moderate tannins and a nice freshness this is rather like a good Beaujolais. An excellent picnic wine. Drink now or hold for a year or two.
A LA CARTE Grand Cur Tasting: Winner 2018, rating 93
WEINCHAMPION: 3. Place
in category Zweigelt Reserve 2012 or older
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FALSTAFF: 91 Points
PARKER: Rating 88
The Gobelsburg 2011 Zweigelt Haide, representing a bottling I often neglect at this address, delightfully demonstrates the potential charms of this 1922 Austrian crossing of St. Laurent with Blaufrankisch. Enveloping, richly ripe cherry fruit is tinged with nutmeg and the textural polish here lends a soothing aspect to the wine’s sustained, fruit-forward finish. (The corresponding 2010 is chewy and less appealing, while a “Gobelsburger” liter bottling from 2011 is satisfying if a bit rustic.) This isn’t especially complex – and I don’t expect it to become so in bottle – but it should serve well through at least 2016.
WINE ENTHUSIAST: Rating 92
This is a Zweigelt with an identity crisis that thinks it may be Pinot Noir. It’s elegant and silky, with a gentle tannic touch, refreshing acidity and restrained but evocative red currant and cranberry fruit. Overtones of peony and iris make this more intriguing, while there is a substance despite its light body. This is delicious now, but will reward cellaring for one to two years to let earthy, tertiary flavors develop. Drink from 2014.
Cask sample: Generous fruit nuances, including blood orange and sloe, right from the beginning. Very ripe and powerful; dense and tightly woven with fine contours. Cool fruit – plum sets the tone – and ripe tannins, good length and plenty of ageability.
Weinguide: 4 Glasses
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wein.pur: 3 Glasses
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KAMPTAL ZWEIGELT PREIS 2014: 3. Place
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Furry on the nose with a hint of stewed plum, well-matured and resonant, more than surprising for this vintage; compact and finely structured, even a hint of fruity sweetness, peppery note like dried tomatoes, slight paprika flavour and soft tannins with a rather lingering final note.
MEDIANET WINEGUIDE: 4 Glasses
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