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Claus Preisinger Blaufränkisch 2013, Burgenland, Austria

Claus Preisinger Blaufränkisch 2013, Burgenland, Austria

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€22

Available from: 64wine, Glasthule; Clontarf Wines.

Essence of Blaufränkisch – lovely vivid blueberry and damson fruits with no tannins and a very appetising freshness.

This would go nicely with most chicken or pork dishes.

Claus Preisinger is an interesting guy and an inquisitive winemaker, trying out all sorts of natural and amphorae wines. Some are remarkably good. He also makes an excellent range of ‘normal’ wines. I have usually been more impressed with his white wines, but earlier this year I tried several tasty reds, including one of the finest Zweigelts I have tasted. Today though, his Blaufränkisch.

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Waltner Zweigelt 2013, Halterberg, Austria

Waltner Zweigelt 2013, Halterberg, Austria

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€16

Enticing floral aromas with refreshing juicy dark fruits and a tannin-free finish. Great with lighter meats – pork, chicken or charcuterie.

Having arrived back from holiday, with delayed flights and lots of waiting around, I grabbed a bottle of this to drink with a hastily-prepared dinner of chops and salad. It was delicious. Zweigelt can be the Beaujolais of Austria, light refreshing and very gluggable. There are some winemakers who try a little too hard, ageing it in new oak barrels and extracting heavy tannins. To me that misses the whole point; Zweigelt is there to be drunk and enjoyed for its pure free-flowing fruits.

Available from Red Island Wines, Skerries; Listons, Camden St.; On the Grapevine, Dalkey, Cabot & Co. Westport.

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