100% Zweigelt from Niederosterreich, Austria.
SRP of $12 and available for as low as $8. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
"If you like Pinot Noir, you'll love Zvy-Gelt. A brand new wine made from Zweigelt, the #1 red wine grape of Austria. Velvety and full of concentrated fruit. Spicy, with ripe cherries. Easy drinking. Perfect for every occasion and great with food - meat, poultry, cheese, even seafood and veggies - you name it, it's great with Zvy-Gelt.
It's been a couple weeks since we've covered a wine in our Awesome Austrians series, but we're back today with another delicious one, and we've got several more to come! First, a quick recap where we've been...
Wine in the Awesome Austrians series:
- 2010 Zantho Zweigelt - A perfect wine for Thanksgiving dinner.
- 2011 Laurenz V. Singing Gruner Veltliner - At this price it just might make you sing!
- 2010 IBY Blaufrankisch Classic - A Beauty From Burgenland.
- 2010 Laurenz V. Charming Gruner Veltliner - Smooth and Steely.
- 2009 Meinhard Forstreiter Zvy-Gelt Zweigelt - Fresh From The Garden!
- 2010 Juris St Laurent Selection - Pinot Noir's deep, dark and savory love child finds a home in Austria.
- 2010 Juris Pinot Noir Selection - Think you know Pinot? Then you need to get to know Austria.
There's good reason Zweigelt is the Number 1 red wine in Austria. And if you remember our first review of a Zweigelt in this series you know that this variety is a great match for the current winter season. In other words, if you haven't yet tried this grape, now's the time.
The 2009 Meinhard Forstreiter Zvy-Gelt Zweigelt begins with aromas of spicy cranberry, vanilla and a really nice earthy quality. Tasting the wine reveals this same earthy character along with sweet red cherry, spice and a little berry. This light-to-medium-bodied wine has a soft texture, good acidity and a strong vegetal quality to it. Definitely different than what you're used to and very tasty. On the long finish the juicy fruit turns a bit sour. Reminds me of working in the garden thanks to the earthy aromas and vegetal qualities.
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.
Overall Rating: 7.5
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