Blau Is The New Red

Did you know that Blau is the new red?

We’re talking here about Blaufrankisch – an alternative red grape variety with a tongue-twisting name that has suddenly been thrust into the spotlight.

For the second year running, the Blaufrankisch vintage from Hahndorf Hill Winery in the Adelaide Hills has scooped trophy, top of class and gold medal at the prestigious Australian Boutique Wine Awards held in Sydney on Friday night.

Quite a coup considering that it was competing against a swathe of the most exciting, alternative red wines currently available from all  over Australia. Some of the best Tempranillos, Nebbiolos and Zinfandels in this country were outpaced by the little-known Blaufrankisch.    

Hahndorf Hill is currently the only producer in Australia of this Austrian variety, which the boutique winery is pioneering along with its trendy white grape counterpart, Gruner Veltliner.

“The judges commented that lightening doesn’t often strike in the same place twice, so winning the trophy two years in a row is quite a feat,” said Hahndorf Hill co-owner Larry Jacobs.

The Hahndorf Hill Blaufrankisch 2009 was officially released at the Adelaide Hills Winter Reds Festival this past weekend, and Larry predicts that all 250 cases of this wine will be sold out within a fortnight, due to strong demand.

Better move fast if you want to taste the latest vogue in the world of red wine ….

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