Austrian Zweigelt? probably not first on your list when looking for a bottle of red wine but maybe it should be. It’s the most widely planted grape in Austria and is a cross between the St Laurent and Blaufränkisch grapes. What does it taste like ? well, some say it’s a little like Pinot Noir, I’m not totally convinced, it has a fruity floral character but with a touch more acidity and almost a sweet and sour flavour.
This particular bottle with its colourful amusing label was bought at Majestic but I’ve noticed there are quite a few appearing in other retailers. notably Sainsburys, Lidl and a slightly more expensive one at Waitrose.
Von Der Land Zweigelt 2019 – Austria
Let me say at the start that this is a fairly light red although it’s still 13% abv and lends itself to being chilled, I actually put it in the fridge for slightly longer than I would other reds and it worked for me. Fairly dark purple in colour with aromas of stewed dark fruits, plums, cherries with a little cinnamon. On first sip you noticed that sweet and sourness, initially it seemed sweet (almost like alcoholic cranberry juice) then the mouth watering acidity kicks in. There’s some spice, toasty vanilla with smoke lingering along with a what tasted like parma violets (sweets) finishing with very soft tannins.
This would be an ideal summer party wine and pretty much a crowd pleaser even to non red wine drinkers but remember to chill it first. The label is fun and the wine is fun, don’t take it too seriously and just enjoy it.