About This Wine
The image of the wine “cooperative,” or “co-op” for short, is changing.
And leading the way is Winzerkeller Andau, in the Austrian community of Andau, less than a mile from Austria’s border with Hungary. There, just under 300 farmers contribute winegrapes to the co-op, which transforms like types into some truly marvelous wines.
In generations past, quantity was the name of the game when it came to selling grapes to co-ops. But now, growers are being encouraged to limit their yields in order to improve quality, and are being paid a premium for their efforts. That makes a huge difference in the finished wines, which today are right at home alongside bottlings from family estate wineries.
Winzerkeller Andau’s 2009 Blaufrankisch (a.k.a. Lemberger) is a good example. It’s a big, chewy wine that cries out for a pepper steak, or perhaps some grilled sausages. It’s a tasty testament to the quality-focused grape growers of Austria.
About Red Blend
- Grape Composition:100% Blaufrankisch
- Grape Source:Bergenland Growing Region of Austria
- Aromas & Flavors:Lavender, Tobacco, Pepper, Plum, Red Cherry, Coffee, Espresso and Cassis
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2014
- Food Pairing Suggestiongrilled sausages, or a pepper steak.
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