2021 Tegernseerhof Rosé Federspiel, Austria, Wachau, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

This is a 50/50 blend of Zweigelt and Pinot Noir.  Pale, silvery/salmon pink in color, clear and bright.  The nose is tight with some watermelons.  Moderate acidity. On the palate, watermelon and slight strawberry notes.  Clean.  Some heat on the finish.  A fine wine to sip with lunch or on the deck.  It will work well with  lighter foods.  Chicken salad would work well.  

2017 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Zweigelt Reserve, Austria, Langenloiser Hasel, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

Interesting to taste this as it is an attempt at a more serious Zweigelt.  Garnet in color, clear and bright.  The nose has black cherries, spice and a touch of cloves.  Good acidity.  Medium bodied.  Firm tannins.  On the palate, black cherries,  with slight black raspberries.  A bit of depth.  Nice finish.  This is a step up from the regular 2019.  It should be consumed in the next five to seven years.  A nice match for grilled lamb chops.  

2019 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Zweigelt, Austria, Lower Austria, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

This is their basic Zweigelt which is a cross between St. Laurent and Blaufränkisch.  Magenta in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with black cherries, spice and slight herbs.  Medium bodied.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, this is a simple, easy drinking wine.  Black cherry fruit.  Nice finish.  This is nice on its own and will work with a (veggie) burger and fries.  Drink over the next five years.  

2017 Alois Kracher Zweigelt Beerenauslese, Austria, Burgenland, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
94
Grade: 

A beautiful red sweet dessert wine.  Ordered off the list at Das Loft in Vienna, Austria.  8%abv.  Ruby/iced tea in color, clear and bright.  The nose has red raspberries, strawberries and slight hay notes.  Viscous.  On the palate, red raspberries, plums and herbal notes.  Complex and deep.  Long, long finish.  This is delicious on its own and would work well with a not too sweet chocolate dessert.  Drink over the next ten to fifteen years.  

2015 Weingut R & A Pfaffl Zweigelt Vom Haus, Austria, Niederosterreich, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B

Made from Zweigelt which is now being called Rotburger more often (Dr. Zweigelt the creator of the grape was a Nazi).  This is relatively affordable and a fun wine.  Ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has cherries, char and some black cherries.  Medium bodied.  Good acidity.  On the palate, this has fruit forward cherry fruit.  Tasty.  Nice finish.  This will work better with food and would be great with pizza.  Drink over the next few years.  

NV Weingut Markus Huber Sparkling Rosé, Austria, Wine Review

Score: 
87
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

This is a sparkling Rose blend of Zweigelt and Pinot Noir.  It is meant to be a light hearted, fun wine and it achieves that and more.  Pale pink in color.  There is a nice mousse of larger bubbles that disappears quickly.  The nose has cherries, cherry juice and a touch of lanolin.  On the palate, this is sweet.  Light bodied with apples and cherries.  Shorter finish.  This is refreshing and a nice end of the day/start to an evening wine.  Drink now.  This is very food friendly and will work well with poultry, fish and lighter foods.