Estoras Pinot Noir Esterházy, Burgenland 2017
Viennese friends introduced me a decade ago to the great Estoras vineyards owned by the Princes Esterházy as making some of the greatest wines of central Europe and the former Austro-Hungarian empire. Haydn was the Esterházys court composer for 30 years and he liked the Estoras wines so much he requested part of his salary to be paid with them; they were favourites too of Goethe and Marie Antoinette's mother the Empress Maria Theresa.
How does the wine taste?
Esterházy Pinot Noir 2017 is a superb red with fine aromas of strawberries and sour cherries. The spicy notes and velvety tannins provide a long, lingering finish.
What do the critics think?
"Medium ruby colour, violet reflections, delicate brightening around edge. Fine red berry confit with hints of tobacco, a touch of orange zest, delicate cherry notes. Juicy, elegant, silky tannins, fine spicy, raspberry touch on the finish, sticks well, great food companion."
90 points - Peter Moser, Falstaff Wine Guide