Schloss Gobelsburg, Cistercien Rosé

The Wine

Restraint, elegance, freshness. This delicate, lighter bodied rosé has the softest scent of tart summer berries and overtones of rose petals. There is a spicier aspect and fruitier notes of freshly cut apple or pear on the mid-palate. But this delivers full flavor with immense delicacy.  The ultimate aperitif companion for beach days and backyard BBQs.

The Story

The Schloss Gobelsburg estate has been planted to vines since 1171, when the Monks of Zwettl, who founded the then-castle estate, were granted their first vineyards by the Papacy. It has remained a winery, without interruption, ever since. Because of the estate’s long history in the region, Schloss Gobelsburg maintains some of the oldest vines in the most highly regarded vineyard sites in the region. Today, the winemaking is overseen by Michael Moosbrugger, who has done a complete about-face away from technological winemaking, instead favoring traditional methods and site-specific bottlings, an approach he gleaned in part from the writings of the Cistercian monks who worked the land for hundreds of years before him. His Luddite efforts have paid off; the estate was named one of the Top 100 Wineries byWine & Spirits. The Cistercien rosé is a blend of Pinot Noir and native Sankt Laurent and Zweigelt grapes sources from two cooler vineyard sites, Langenlois and Gobelsburg, lending freshness to the wine.