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31st August 2014


Esterházy, Estoras Zweigelt 2011, Austria
The red wines of Austria are still not common on UK wine shelves, but a few are starting to appear, generally of high quality, and often made from indigenous grape varieties Blaufränkisch and, as in this case, Zweigelt. This comes from the estate of the noble Esterházy family, a modern wine in screwcapped bottle with typically vibrant colour and aromas, damson and spicy black fruits, a graphite and coal dust suggestion of dryness, but also little layers of vanilla and flowers. In the mouth it is substantial, with deep, rich black fruit, a roughening grip of plum skin tannin and plenty of acidity to cut through the sweetness of the fruit. A fine example at a keen price. Watch the video for more information and for specific food matching suggestions. £9.95, FromVineyardsDirect.com

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