Wines of the Month
2010 Hahndorf Hill Blueblood Blaufrankisch
Adelaide Hills , South Australia
Why would you drink Shiraz when you can drink this? The Blueblood is currently unique in Australia with Adelaide Hills based Hahndorf Hill being the only winery at the moment producing a wine from Blaufrankisch. The grape originally hails from Austria and Eastern Europe where it has an assortment of names including the imminently drinkable kekfrankos in Hungary. It is very early days yet, however if this is an example of what can be done with this grape, its future looks delicious.
Temptingly fragrant with blueberry fruit, violets and enticing pepper, there are some smoky spices which evolve into vanilla and nutmeg on the palate. There is no flab filling this lederhosen as the fine structure keeps the body honed but fleshy and juicy. It is quite simply more-ish and before you know it - the bottle will be empty.
Food friendly with supple tannins and elegantly weighted body, you certainly could enjoy with your Wiener schnitzel but I would also enjoy it just as much with wild boar sausage with caramelized onions.
Distribution: on-line, fine wine stores, restaurants cellar door.
© Lisa Johnston September 2012
Wine Diva Wines of the Month, October 2012