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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  • Schloss Gobelsburg Rosé Blend Gobelsburger Cistercien 2011

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    Drank 7/26/13 at McCrady's on the tasting menu. Served with a clam and roasted tomato dish that had a thyme/tomato broth Read More

    Wine review by alicecpn


  • Feiler Artinger Zweigelt 2007

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    Wine review by mark


  • Zweigelt Beerenauslese. Kracher 2008

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    Chocolate rouladebanana, pineaple Read More

    Wine review by Merindadk


  • Schloss Gobelsburg Gobelsburger Cistercien Rose 2012

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    Wine review by alexworsnip


  • Two weeks ago, I wrote a brief email talking about Vermentino as one of this ... ... I’m thinking that Zweigelt should be given more attention, though my go to wine remains Petite Sirah. And I am really looking forward to trying more Fiano di Avellino this summer with grilled fish. Ah, this industry—rants and all, I love this industry.   Read More

    From the article Grrrrr(rilling) Wines


  • Schloss Gobelsburg Rosé Blend Gobelsburger Cistercien 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Schloss Gobelsburg Rosé Blend Gobelsburger Cistercien 2011

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    The nose was intense yet soothing, showing ripe peach, hints of citrus, wet rock and stony minerals. On the palate, it was fresh yet lush, seeming to touch on all of the senses with notes of sweet stone fruits, citrus and inner floral tones. The finish was long, turning slightly tart, tinged with green apple and minerals. (93 points) Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Velvet Pittnauer 2007

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    Wine review by dietmarbaurecht


  • It’s been cold as an Alpine breeze here in New York and that got me ... ... on offer: Blaufrankisch and Zweigelt. While these two wines can be quite similar, I tend to notice their distinctions as much as their similarities. The climate and soil of Austria yields wines that tend to be higher acid, crisp and crunchy with fine-grained tannins an... Read More

    From the article Austrian Mountain Reds


  • Kirchmayr Zweigelt 2011

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    Showing noticeable evolution on the nose, with hints of caramel and oxidation laying under a nice base of raspberry reduction and hints of bay leaf, black pepper and melon rind. This is lovely on the palate, juicy, transparent, still laden with fresh raspberry fruit laced with a hint of lemon verbena and a nice earthy edge that carries the wine ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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