Weingut Peter Schweiger, Zweigelt, Zobinger Kogelberg, Qualitatswein, Trocken, Niederosterreich, Austria, 2012
Zweigelt is a 1920s Austrian crossing (both vitis vinifera) of blaufrankisch with saint-laurent. It is mostly planted in Austria, with reported outposts in the UK and Germany, but I have seen no such wines from there (2016).
This wine: varietal zweigelt, screw cap closure, 13.5% abv, Oakham Wines, £15 (2015)
Consumer tasting note: a smooth mouthful of ripe black fruits and liquorice, low key tannins supported by sufficient acidity to keep things in balance, a full(ish) body with a decent length.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of raw steak, which diminishes with a little time, then creamy black fruits – blackberry and ripe black cherry, liquorice, a deep floral note, and a little spice.
Palate: a dry wine, medium (+) acidity, medium (-) ripe tannins, medium (+) alcohol and a medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of black cherry, black berry, a slighty medicinal edge, and a little spice. A medium (+) length with a clean smooth black fruit finish.
Quality: though quite simple, this is a good quality well made unoaked wine, with well balanced acidity, alcohol and fruit intensity, and showing decent intensity and concentration of flavour, but nothing special, along with low level complexity and a modest length.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – lacks structure, plus complexity and length are unsympathetic.