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2010 Leo Hillinger, Zweigelt, Burgenland

The Winery and Cellar, Image from Leo Hillinger

Phil recommended that I try this Austrian red wine from Leo Hillinger and I am glad that I did.  Leo Hillinger took over the family wine business from his father in 1990.  Since then he has steadily transformed the business by acquiring select vineyards and building a new winery and cellar which was opened in 2004.  There are now 46 hectares of vines managed using biological and organic techniques instead of chemicals.  The grapes are hand harvested and destemmed.

Vineyard, Image from Leo Hillinger

This wine is imported by Select Wines of Chantilly, VA and available for $16 at MacArthurs.  This is the least expensive of the Classic series and a strong, flavorful value.  This wine will appeal to a broad audience and is a good introduction to both Zweigelt and Austrian wine.  It would also be a fun alternative for Thanksgiving!  The introductory quality of this wine has left me curious to try his more expensive selections.

2010 Leo Hillinger, Zweigelt, Burgenland
This wine is 100% Blauer Zweigelt sourced from the Baumgarten Rust and Altenberg Jois vineyards.  It was fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks.  There is a medium nose of lifted pepper and fruit.  In the mouth, the flavors start with tart, ripe, red fruit.  The red flavors and acidity are at the tip of the tongue followed by a blue fruited midpalate with surprising medium-bodied weight.  With air the fruit takes on sweet, orange and floral notes. *** Now.

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