A Delicious Rosé From The Benedictine Monks of Stift Göttweig

Duncan’s Wine of The Month:

The Benedictine monks of Stift Göttweig have owned some of the Kremstal’s classiest vineyard sites since the 11th century, but since engaging consultant winemaker Fritz Miesbauer (known for his work at Domäne Wachau), the wines have reached new heights of technical excellence.

This firm, focused Pinot rosé pushes all the same buttons as a good Sancerre or Marsannay at a fraction of the price. I’ve never really thought much of the seasonal rosé-drinking bandwagon, but think rosés deserve more attention as serious food wines. An intense, mineral-driven wine, this one abounds with aromas of fresh strawberry and tangerine.

The “Messwein” descriptor indicates that this is 100% natural grape wine, with no additives of any kind: suitable for the sacrament of Communion in the Catholic Church, but also perfect for a spring picnic.

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