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The Zweigelt Grape


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About Zweigelt

(Synonyms: Blauer Zweigelt, Rotburger, Zweigeltrebe.)

Background

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Zweigelt is a red-wine grape originating in Austria as a deliberate crossing of Blaufränkisch and St Laurent, a crossing made in 1922 by the eponymous Dr Friedrich “Fritz” Zweigelt. It has been one of the most successful new grapes of modern times, combining the spiciness and good acidity of Blaufränkisch with the cherry aromas and silkiness of St Laurent; it is now the most-planted red-wine grape in Austria, being grown all across that nation.

The qualities of well-made Zweigelt are, first, a deep coloration; next, aromas of spice and flowers (violets are often mentioned); then, a palate of intense berry flavors with good acitidy and, thank goodness, only moderate alcohol. It is a smooth wine, often compared to the silky Pinot Noir (to whch it is somewhat related through its St Laurent parentage). It is a famously good food wine, but can readily stand on its own two feet.

Factoid: It turns out that Dr Zweigelt was an ardent Nazi; that disturbing discovery has led to soul-searching by Austria’s winemakers about re-naming the variety—indeed, a few years ago some began using “Rotburger” on their labels instead. (“Rotburger” was the name of the variety till 1975, and is still legal to use.) See this article at The Grape Collective for more information.

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Some Descriptions of Zweigelt Wines

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Some Zweigelts to Try

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Anton Bauer Zweigelt
(This is their basic Zweigelt, not any of the named special bottlings.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
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Schloss Gobelsburg “Gobelsburger” Zweigelt

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• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
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Gernot & Heike Heinrich Zweigelt
(This is not their “Gunter” Zweigelt.)

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• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
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Anita und Hans Nittnaus Blauer Zweigelt
(Not only does this winery produce more than one Zweigelt, there are other wineries, also making Zweigelt, run by other folk named Nittnaus: caveal emptor!
Look for the names Anita and Hans, and for that “Blauer” on the label.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks



Walter Glatzer “Riedencuvée” Zweigelt
(They bottle three Zweigelts, each named; this is the one named “Riedencuvée”.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
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For a Splurge

We could find no reasonably available Zweigelt wines better enough than those listed above as to justify a “splurge” price.

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