Ripe blackberries and white pepper, quite a big dollop of oak, which has been nicely integrated, but still blunts the fruit character a bit. A crowd-pleaser for those who don’t especially like Blaufränkisch perhaps – so I’m out.
Rather harshly extracted, with decent enough acidity and an attractive blackcurrant leaf note on the nose. Blaufränkisch’s character is in there somewhere, trying to escape,, but the oak and the extraction really get in the way.
Christmas spices and incense on the nose, nicely defined strawberry fruit, but the grip of the tannins is ferocious and really obscures everything. These are oak tannins, maybe given a year or two they might recede, but it’s hard to imagine this will ever be anything else than oaky.
Good fruit, with drive and a balsamic note. More of a dark berry character than usual with Zweigelt, making this feel more classic and more serious. Refreshing too – the fruit is juicy and the tannins are not OTT.
Roasted and oaky on the nose, but with the ripe fruit and oak quite nicely integrated on the palate. Slightly spicy, and with good freshness, the fruit is a bit amorphous but overall an enjoyable wine.