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Wine: Blauer Zweigelt

Blauer Zweigelt

Blauer Zweigelt

Austria is one of the most understated powerhouses of wine in the world. Within Austria, the Strasser Sandgrube is a part of the mighty Wechselberg . This hill rises on the easterly border of the Strasser valley and looks towards the south. The soils are slate, left over from the crystalline of the Bohemian Massif. Thanks to the layout of this location, it receives intensive sunshine all day long. The altitude of the Wechselberg creates a special microclimate, where a gentle breeze cools down the hot summer air in the evening. This temperature variation ensures excellent flavours in the grapes. These conditions are ideally suited to growing Blauer Zweigelt grapes in the vineyards of the Wechselber.

Now that we have a bit of geography and geology under our belts, the grape Blauer Zweigelt under the Allram Label is to be thought over. This is a smooth, soft, and silky red wine milder than many of its bolder cousins from warmer climates. You will find it to be smooth, full and round with aromas of red summer fruits like purple blackberry, blueberry and raspberry. Besides the fresh fruit is a light, delicious earthy undertones – typical Zweigelt – that all these fruits gives extra spine. The aftertaste is long and soft.

Wonderful by itself, this wine pairs gorgeously with a mildly spiced Grouper Grilled over a soft heat topped with a soft poached egg  with a side of peppered potato hash .

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