#WineChat Austrian Reds Recap!

We have now successfully completed our third  #WineChat, this time focusing on the red wines of Austria in conjunction with the season-long promotion we have going on right now! Thanks to all that joined in to sip and savor some delicious Zweigelt & Blaufränkisch!

In our usual style, below you will find the facts we tweeted out so just in case you missed it, you can still learn with everyone else!

The Wines:

Zantho Zweigelt Burgenland 2010 ($15)

Iby Classic Blaufränkisch Mittelburgenland DAC ($16.99)

Hans & Anita Nittnaus Kalk & Schiefer ($19.99)

Tweets:

  • The tasting order is #Zantho ($15) à #Iby ($17.99) à #Nittnaus ($19.99) #WineChat #AReds
  • How much do you know about #AustriaRed wine? #Zweigelt, #Blaufränkisch #StLaurent #WineChat please share facts!
  • Let’s start! Austrian red wine makes up just about 35% of total grape production #WineChat #AReds
  • The main varieties are the indigenous #Zweigelt, #Blaufränkisch, & #StLaurent, but there are over 14 red grapes permitted #winechat #AReds
  • Austria also makes delicious #PinotNoir & #RedBlends #WineChat #AReds
  • Don’t know how to say it? Listen to a German say #Zweigelt #winechat #areds http://www.austrianwine.com/news-media/winerap/v-z-from-vakuumverdampfung-to-zweigelt/
  • Now let’s say #Blaufränkisch #winechat #areds http://www.austrianwine.com/news-media/winerap/a-b-from-absetzen-to-buschenschank/
  • #Zweigelt makes up for 14% of Austria’s total vineyard area #WineChat #AReds
  • This year we are celebrating #Zweigelt’s 90th birthday! #AReds a cross of #Blau & #StLaurent #WineChat
  • #Zweigelt was first produced in 1922 by Dr. Fritz Zweigelt #WineChat #AReds #Happy90thZweigelt
  • #AustriaReds total just over 15k in total vineyard area in #Austria #WineChat
  • #Zweigelt is characterized by flavors of spice & red cherries…similar to #PinotNoir #AReds #WineChat
  • #Blaufränkisch is characterized w/ earthy, wood berries, spice, and acidity #AReds #WineChat great aging potential
  • #Blaufränkisch makes up for 7% of #Austria’s total vineyard area #WineChat #AReds
  • #StLaurent makes up for just 1.7% of the total vineyard area #WineChat #AReds
  • #StLaurent is characterized w/ dark fruit, spice, & sour cherries w/ aging potential #WineChat #AReds
  • #PinotNoir makes up for 1.4% of the total vineyard area in #Austria #WineChat #AReds
  • Austria also has #Merlot #CabSauv #Syrah #CabFranc  & more that add to #Austria’s red cuvees #WineChat #AReds
  • Austria’s reds are all over, but most in #Burgenland, but also in #LowerAustria’s #Carnuntum #WineChat #AReds
  • #Burgenland has 55% of total red production in #Austria #AReds #WineChat
  • #Vienna (20%) & #Styria (24%) also have red wine production, mostly #Zweigelt #winechat
  • #AustriaReds are classified in 4 DAC regions: Leithaburg, Mittelburgenland, Eisenberg & Neusiedlersee #winechat
  • #Leithaburg DAC Blau is spicy, apparent minerality, little or no oak, fresh red fruits #WineChat
  • #Neusiedlersee DAC is Austria’s newest DAC & #Zweigelt’s first classified region #WineChat
  • #Eisenberg DAC is minerality, fruit driven, & spicy. Reserve has oak influence, classic does not #winechat #areds
  • #Eisenberg DAC is just 498 hectares #winechat #areds
  • #Mittelburgenland DAC is 3,576ha #winechat #areds
  • #Mittelburgenland DAC Blau classified by strong fruit, full-bodied, some oak, & spice #winechat #areds
  • #Neusidelersee DAC is 7,649ha & is also noted for its sweet wines w/ grapes grown by Lake Neusiedl #botrytis #winechat
  • #Neusiedlersee DAC is one of #Zweigelt’s best regions w/ a range of styles #winechat #areds
  • #Carnuntum is part of #LowerAustria, but it is mainly red wine #winechat #areds
  • Reds thrive in #Carnuntum because of the Panonian Climate and lake influence #winechat #areds

Iby

  • The #Iby #Blau is $17.99/bottle #areds #winechat 
  • Don’t forget to follow @domaineselect for more info on #Iby #Blaufränkisch #WineChat
  • #Iby #Blaufränkisch is from #MittelburgenlandDAC & is 100% #Blaufränkisch #areds #winechat
  • Vineyards #Iby is sourced from are 3-30 years old #winechat #areds
  • Main soils for #Iby are heavy clay mixed with gravel #areds #winechat
  • #Iby was aged 7 months in Austrian oak casks, 12.5%abv, 4.8g/l acid 1.2g/l sugar #areds #winechat
  • #Iby’s philosophy is to focus 100% on red wines that express Mittelburgundland’s distinct terroir. #winechat  #areds
  • Iby’s mission is to bring together terroir, power, elegance, and aging potential. #winechat #areds
  • In 1983 Anton and Johanna #Iby were among the first growers in Burgenland to establish their own winery #winechat  #areds
  •  Today Anton M. Iby, the fifth generation winemaker along with his father, Anton. #WineChat #areds
  • #Iby fruit #cherries, #blackberries #pepper & #spices. Dry w/ mild acidity and juicy tannins & long harmonious finish. #winechat  #areds

Hans & Anita Nittnaus

  • Follow @Grooner for more information on #Nittnaus #WineChat #AReds
  • The #Nittnaus retails for $19.99/bottle #winechat #areds
  • #Nittnaus is 100% #Blaufränkisch & is from the #Leithaberg region of #Austria #AReds #WineChat
  • #Nittnaus soils are loam, chalk, slate, and quartzite, 13%abv, 5.4g/l acidity, 1.4g/l RS #Winechat  #areds
  • #Nittnaus delicate fruit, smooth; full & minerally, lively &exciting, long, beautiful fruity finish #areds #winechat
  • Pair #Nittnaus with food wine, poultry, Asian dishes, venison, beef, lamb and dark mushrooms #areds #winechat
  • #Nittnaus family has been in the town of Gols, in the Neusiedler See wine region in Burgenland since 1684 #winechat  #areds
  • The current  #Nittnaus estate was  established by Hans’ grandfather Johann Nittnaus in 1927 #AReds #WineChat
  • Anita & Hans took over the estate in 1985 & are currently running it #areds #winechat

Zantho

  • #Zantho #Zweigelt is $15 SRP
  • #Zantho is 100% #Zweigelt from #Burgenland #WineChat #AReds
  • #Zantho is 13%abv grown in Andau in dry, gritty, mineral soils #areds #winechat
  • #Zantho shows deep, fresh fruit, cinnamon, berries, & is juicy w/ fresh acidity #winechat #areds
  • 10% of #zantho was aged in oak #areds #winechat
  • #Zantho is a #Umathum & #Peck project – and take a look at that vino lock!
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