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"Robert Parker's Wine Advocate" Publishes Austria Ratings

Oesterr. Rotwein ©


July 7, 2008

More than 200 wines receive top scores of over 90 points - "outstanding"

The American publication "Robert Parker's Wine Advocate" is one of the most important wine magazines in the world. Every year, countless wine-growing regions and winemakers around the globe feverishly await the ratings of their wines by this influential medium. In the current online issue, the ratings of Austrian wines from the 2006 vintage (and occasional older vintages as well) are given through the publication's standard 100-point system. Especially exciting for Austria: 216 of the more than 500 wines tasted were rated with 90 or more points - achieving "outstanding" status; 8 wines even merited "extraordinary"
status (96 or more points).

For a few years now, David Schildknecht, the internationally-known wine critic and connoisseur of Austria, has been responsible for rating Austrian wines for "Robert Parker's Wine Advocate". Each year, he travels to the Austrian wine-growing regions, spending a few weeks each time in order to get a clear representational overview of the regions and their wines. For the 2006 vintage, he particularly appreciates not only the high extract that is giving such good balance to the wines, but also the refreshing, cool fruit character of the wines as well. For the Austrian reds, he especially lauds the 2006 Blaufränkisch wines, rating them as "outstanding". According to Schildknecht: "...I suspect that there will seldom, if ever, have been so many exciting Austrian red wines to report on as from that vintage."