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2016 Hillinger Leithaberg Blaufrankisch 750ml

2016 Hillinger Leithaberg Blaufrankisch

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The exquisite freshness of tart, red cherry mingles with the perfume of cinnamon-sprinkled blueberries. The palate then presents wonderfully ripe but tart fruits of the forest, again with that lovely cinnamon inflection. The body is sinuous, slender but firm. The finish is gloriously spicy. A very elegant wine. Anne Krebiehl MW

94 Points - Wine Enthusiast

Producer: Hillinger
Website: https://siemawines.com/hillinger

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Varietal: Blaufrankisch
Blaufränkisch wines have black cherries, black berry, and red current on the nose. They are generally spicy, have medium to high levels of tannin and beautiful acidity. Young wines are deeply fruity and become more velvety, supple and complex with age.

Country: Austria
Austria's reputation for its wine has progressively matched that of its great stem ware (Riedel and Schott Zwiesel, to name a couple) and is now offering some of the best values at all price points. Split up into three main regions, the majority of production occurs in the flat fertile plains of Niederösterreich, or Lower Austria, in the north east corner of the country. The sub-regions of Kamptal, Kremstal, and Wachau offer some of the finest Rieslings and national specialty, Gruner Veltiner, Austria's number one grape which accounts for a third of vines across the country. Burgenland is Austria's second largest and sunniest region. Known for its reds and sweet botrytized whites, red grapes Zweiglet and Blaufränkisch is increasing popularity producing light wines similar to intensity to Pinot Noir. Although most white wine varieties are diminishing in prominence Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat are on the up. Lastly, Seiermark or Styria, the country's most southerly and smallest region accounting for about 7% of output. A lot of which is consumed locally at Huerigen, or bars, set up by the winemakers. Welschriesling is the most popular however Sauvignon Blanc is quickly catching up.

Region: Burgenland
The "Red Wine Quarter" receives almost 2,000 hours of sunshine per year. Add to that, the warm winds from the Pannonian Plain and you can understand the regions reputation as a red-wine producer. Its most prominent red grape varities are Zwiegelt, Blaufränkisch, St.Laurent and Pinot Noir. The Lake Neusiedl region in the northen area of the region is known for fine Prädikat-level dessert wines produced from Welschriesling, Chardonnay and Scheurebe.

Sub-Region: Leithaberg DAC
Leithaberg is a wine region in the far north of Burgenland on the border with Hungary. It is one of 13 regions which have been granted DAC (Districtus Austriae Controllatus) status, doing so in 2008. The DAC applies to wines which are regarded as being particularly typical of the region. Some Austrian regions apply this to only one or a few wines, but others, such as Leithaberg, do so for all of their wines. Leithaberg DAC white wines are made from Grüner Veltliner, Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Chardonnay or Neuberger, either alone or in combination.

Type: Red
Red wine is wine made from dark-coloured grape varieties. The color of red differs based on the grapes variety or varieties used. Interestingly, black grapes yield a juice that is greenish-white. The actual red color comes from anthocyan pigments (also called anthocyanins) from the skin of the grape (exceptions are the relatively uncommon teinturier varieties, which produce a red colored juice). Most of the production centers around the extraction of color and flavor from the grape skin.