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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  • 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

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  • Schloss Gobelsburg Rosé Blend Gobelsburger Cistercien 2011


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    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Schloss Gobelsburg Rosé Blend Gobelsburger Cistercien 2011


    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

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  • Kirchmayr Zweigelt 2011


    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

  • Juris Zweigelt 2010


    Soft and slightly funky on the nose with notes of something vaguely recalling boiled pig skin lying under beautiful candied medicinal and violet tones. Theres some dried mushroom here as well, a nice base of juniper-laced blackberries. Broad and soft on entry, this is really open for business texturally with finely polished fruit tannins and jui... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Kirchmayr Zweigelt Juventus 2011


    Spicy and woodsy on the nose with deep purple floral scents, lots of crushed wild blackberry and spicy blueberry fruit and a touch of something meaty and vaguely Syrah-like. Snappy on entry, with the softness and sweetness of ripeness but nicely spiky acidity keeping the palate fresh and lively. The backend reveals something a bit more chocolate... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Zantho Zweigelt 2010


    Hints of cocoa, dried herbs and dried meat great the nose followed by some talcy mineral spice and jammy wild raspberry fruit. This is wide in the mouth, and feels a touch soft even though it has fine acidity. There are some tannins but this does seem to be awfully easy going. The palate recalls the nose, with faint impressions of cocoa and lico... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Hillinger Zweigelt 2009


    Erding im Geschmack, die Nase mit einem Hauch von Käse. Leichte, spitze Würze auf der Zunge. Dunkle ins Violett gehende Farbe. Read More

    Wine review by Tierroboter

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