Zweigelt

Name of varietal: Zweigelt

Common synonyms: Rotburger, Blauer Zweigelt

Parentage of the grape: Blaufrankish, Sankt Laurent

History of the grape:  Zweigelt was created in 1922 by Fritz Zweigelt at the Institute of Viticulture and Pomology in Klosterneuberg, Austria. It was originally called Rotburger after an area in its home town, but to put an end with confusion over Rotberger, another cross-grape, oenologist Lenz Moser changed its name to Zweigelt in 1975. It was cultivated to create a native Austrian red grape that would be full-bodied, easy to plant, adaptable to cooler local weather conditions and resistant to disease.  The result is a successful, full-flavored and well-structured grape that has become a national favorite that crossed over to other regions with favorable, cool-climate growing conditions.

Characteristics of the grape: medium to full-bodied, deep red, firm tannins, spicy, red plums, red cherry, black pepper, slightly acidic.

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  • The red wines of Austria are an underappreciated jewel of the wine world. ... St. Laurent, and Zweigelt -- are growing in popularity. The first two grapes are the proud parents of the third. Here we explore this grape family tree and suggest some stunning selections from top brands available for purchase in the United States. In addition to the... Read More

    From the article The Great Red Wines of Austria


  • Pittnauer Pitti 2015

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    Fifty percent Zweigelt, 40% Blaufränkisch, and 10% Merlot. Chocolate strawberries and red currant jam on the nose with hints of spice and a bit of leather. Quite fruity on entry this delivers loads of red berry and cherry, strawberry and raspberry fruit and a mineral driven front of mouth acidity that carries through to the finish where bold bak... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Nastl Klassik Cuvée Zweigelt-Merlot Niederösterreich 2015

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    Soft clay and stone earth aromas with some savory spice and a spiky heat somewhat obscure the cherry and cranberry fruit notes. There's no missing the fruit on the palate though, with a bold generous palate of cherry, cranberry, strawberry and red currant on entry that gives way to a pleasant jaunty spice towards the finish of zesty acidity, dar... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Biokult Zweigelt Pinot Noir Burgenland 2014

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    Floral licorice notes with soft sawdust aromas and fruit notes of plum, black cherry and savory minerality. Round and juicy on the palate with blue and red fruit notes - mostly black cherry, red currant and bilberry with a richly creamy textured body, soft tannins and a puff of light smoke and fertile earth on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Heinrich Red Burgenland 2015

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    Made with each one of the heritage family grapes, Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch, and Sankt Laurent. Dark raisin and plum aromas with a toasted smoky richness and soft red fruit notes. Bold and assertive on the palate with zippy acidity, full bodied cinnamon spice and black pepper, and fruit notes of cranberry and sweet cherry, this finishes with a cor... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Johannes Zillinger Velue Zweigelt Niederösterreich 2013

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    Jammy and fleshy cherry and red currant aromas with a light floral note. Candied plum, cranberry and cherry bloom on the palate with a brisk acidity that drifts away on the mid palate leaving chunky and approachable cherry and strawberry notes, tart cranberry and oak spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Fritsch Zweigelt Donaulöss Austria 2014

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    Lightly floral cherry aromas are simple and fruity. Tart, juicy cranberry and cherry fruit notes on the palate with chewy texture and lightly smoked tar and earth notes, this presents itself as easy, breezy and fruit forward but has a playful spike of acidity on the attack all the way through to the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Stefan Pratsch Zweigelt Niederösterreich 2015

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    Pungent and expressive plum and black cherry aromas. Fresh flavors of cherry and cranberry with a spicy, tart finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Artner Wines Zweigelt Klassik Carnuntum 2015

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    Raspberry, cherry and red currant aromas are quite fruity. Generous fruit notes of cranberry, cherry, red currant and plum on the palate, tart acidity and fresh cut flowers with a blueberry jammy finish with a hint of coffee candy. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Netzl Rubin Zweigelt Carnuntum 2015

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    Tarry, earthy and smoky with a dark cherry and raspberry fruit hiding underneath the rich earthy aromas on this brooding nose. A bit more fruit expression on the palate, with chunky blueberry and blackberry fruit wrapped in spice, acidity and a vanishing creamy texture that all but disappears on the finish when gripping tannins and espresso note... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Recently, on a Lufthansa flight, I had the most magnificent red wine I have ever tasted, an Austrian Zweigelt 2009 from Brundylmeyer Estates. I would kill to find and buy a case of this wine!

    Comment by 1176334Davidsteckel 1176334 Davidsteckel


  • Just had Zweigelt on a trip i took in Germany. Our friend in Regensburg says it's his standard table wine for dinner! Our other friends in Bavaria also served it when they heard i liked it. I am not a big fan of most German wines but this was a real treat.

    Comment by 381833CarolTheArtist 381833 CarolTheArtist


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