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This is a unique wine in the Australian landscape. Blaufrankisch is red grape variety planted widely throughout Austria. Hahndorf Hill's winemaker Larry Jacobs spotted the variety's potential in the Adelaide Hills some years ago and has made some very good examples of 'Blau' for almost a decade. It's a late ripening variety - hence its success in the cooler Adelaide Hills climate. It's a wonderfully fragrant and supple wine that gets better each release. This is a joyful red, medium to light in weight and loaded with spicy blueberry flavours. While there is plenty of structure in the mouth, it really is fun to drink right now. If you want to try something one-of-a-kind, then this will be right up your alley.
What it Tastes Like
"Light but insistent. Juicy fruit meets throaty, spicy tannin, though the juiciness of the fruit clearly cuts through to victory. Sweet-sour cherries, Xmas cake, cinnamon. Interesting wine from various angles." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
92 points. "Light but insistent. Juicy fruit meets throaty, spicy tannin, though the juiciness of the fruit clearly cuts through to victory. Sweet-sour cherries, Xmas cake, cinnamon. Interesting wine from various angles." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
Tasting notes: Blaufrankisch is a red grape variety that produces wines of superb quality in its homeland of Austria, where it ranks as the pre-eminent grape in the red wine province of Burgenland. Hahndorf Hill Winery was the first producer of Blaufrankisch in Australia, with our debut vintage being in 2008. This wine has a hauntingly beautiful nose of rich blueberry pie and black cherries. The palate is silky smooth with a tumble of berries, gentle spice and a smudge of caramel, all perfectly wrapped in generous yet gentle tannin. Match this beautiful wine with duck, quail, lamb and venison - and if you ever need to enjoy a red with your favourite seafood, this is it!
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2019
About the Producer
Hahndorf Hill Winery (HHW) is owned by Larry Jacobs and Marc Dobson, who operate the boutique business together with a dedicated team. Larry was once an intensive-care doctor who gave up medicine to become the founder of Mulderbosch Vineyards in Stellenbosch, South Africa. His trailblazing label in the Adelaide Hills is regarded as the benchmark in Australia for Austrian varieties, this stuff is world class.
The Adelaide Hills may be the most energised wine region in the country. The sense of exploration and creativity amongst the tribe of talented young winemakers in this region is unparralelled. The Hills has become crucible of Australian wine talent, offering an array of varieties, from classics such as Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, to new varieties like Nebbiolo and Grüner Veltliner for the younger generation to play with. Every vintage brings new colour and complexity to the rich wine, food and produce culture of this cool climate region.
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