2010 Hahndorf Hill Winery Blueblood Blaufrankisch

Hahndorf Hill is one of those Australian wineries doing remarkable things with alternative varieties, in particular pioneering those with an Austrian bent. One of such is Blaufrankisch (Blue Frankish) or Lemberger as it is known in Germany.

Blaufrankisch is a dark-skinned variety that has its stronghold today in the large wine-producing region of Burgenland in Austria's east and is that country's second most important red grape. Significant evidence exists that its origins were in fact present day Slovenia, once under the Austro-Hngarian Empire. 

In the glass it's a deep blue to purple coloured wine as you would expect with a name like Blueblood.

Offers attractive blueberry, blackberry, black cherry and earthy spice aromas. Some liquorice nuances add more complexity.

Translates to a palate that is all intense, spicy and juicy fruited. Black fleshy fruits and white pepper with some sweet oak. Smoothly textured, medium-bodied with soft dry tannins and finishes with an herbal edge. 

This is an elegant and seriously drinkable wine that will happily develop with age. Recommended.

Source: Winery Sample. Alcohol: 14.0%. Closure: Screwcap. Price: $40.00. Rating: 92+ Points.

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