Zweigelt is a cross between Saint-Laurent and Blaufrankisch that was first introduced in 1922. This is one of the more frequently planted red wine grapes.
The traditional wine unplugged doubles(also known as wein unplugged zweigelt in the German language), are deep-colored and have rich flavorful aromas of spiced raspberry and cherries. While the top wines can be kept for as long as ten years, most can be consumed within a couple of years after their release.
Varietal Zweigelt wines can be extremely well-known, however, it is also utilized in blends. The grape is typically mixed along with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to create the Austrian variant of Bordeaux Blend.
It is usually mixed with Blaufrankisch which is its parent variety, to create an Austrian-style blend that's pure-blooded and not overly incestuous.
Zweigelt is a great ingredient to produce sweet wines. Zweigelt is utilized for making strohwein, which is a type of wine made by drying grapes. They aren't limited exclusively to Austrian vineyards. At the very least, one premium Zweigelt Icewine is made in Canada's Okanagan Valley.
Zweigelt was developed by Dr. Friedrich Zweigelt, originally called Rotburger. The confusion was caused by another type (see Rotberger), which was developed during the same timeframe in Geisenheim.
The duplication was only resolved in 1970 when Dr. Zweigelt's variety was changed to "Zweigelt" through Lenz Moser who was an Austrian winemaker from Austria.
Zweigelt is an extremely successful cross that is truly successful. This cross has all the appealing characteristics of both grandparents (see Saint-Laurent as well as Blaufrankisch).
It is characterized by its bright cherries with a Pinot-like aroma from Saint-Laurent as well as the ability to create exquisite, silky wines. It's inherited a decent amount of spice from Blaufrankisch. Zweigelt grapes come from a mix of both parents. They can make wines with deep red-purple hues.