Markowitsch Carnuntum Cuvee 2018

Tasting Notes


For red wines, Markowitsch is in a class of his own amongst Austrian producers. His vineyards, located in the region of 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 and he does not irrigate.

The vineyards of Carnuntum are set in the rolling hills that the primordial sea and the meandering Danube formed millions of years ago. Each one of these hills has its own unique geologic history, its own particular exposition and thus its own distinctive flavor. For many years, growers in Carnuntum have focused efforts upon producing cuvées, marrying wines from various soils and different grape varieties into complex works of viticultural art, though they are now exploring specific site terroirs.

After hand harvesting, the sustainably-farmed grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks followed by 14 days of maceration time. The wine then rests for malolactic fermentation and is aged for several months in large oak vats and used barriques.


Aromas of black cherries are inflected with meaty flavors and smoke. The palate is medium weight or slightly more and is reminiscent of sweet tobacco, black pepper, dark berry fruits and warm spices. Ripe tannins and moderate acidity allow it to be drinkable, elegant and balanced.


This is an attractive wine for red meat, especially grilled. You could pair it with tomato-based casseroles, hearty stews or au jus sauces.  It would also work well with sausages, Mediterranean braises or with pot pies.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Chicken/Turkey, Ham, Pizza, Slow-smoked Barbeque/BBQ Sauce, Tomato Sauce

Austria , Osterreich
Grape Varietal:
80% Zweigelt, 10% Merlot, 10% Blaufrankisch/Lemberger
$15.00 each
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