Hahndorf Hill Blueblood Blaufrankisch 2009 (Adelaide Hills, SA)
14.5%, Screwcap, $35
Less. That’s what I’d like to see in this wine. Less ripeness, less oak and less extract. Perhaps it’s just me but I’ve always viewed Blaufrankisch as the Beaujolais of Austria and this looks more like a medium bodied Hills Shiraz than anything Gamay-like.
It looks bigger too, a rather rich and mulberry coloured red with a nose that’s loaded with blackberry jam and a hint of overripeness, overlaid with a thick lacquer of sweet oak. It’s thick, extractive and oak driven on the palate too, again dry red first, varietal second. It’s obviously well made but I’m just not seeing enough character for mine. 15.5/85
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