Blaufrankisch is a relatively little known grape variety in Australia. It is one of Austria’s most planted varieties at home in Burgenland and the warm shores of the Neusiedlersee. The grape variety is also known as Kekfrankos in Hungary, where it forms part of the “Bull’s Blood” blend that was once well known.
In Hahndorf Hill’s hands this grape variety, labelled as “Blueblood Blaufrankisch”, produces a very attractive style of wine, and I think it is deserving of more mainstream interest. The 2013 vintage has attractive juicy aromatics of blueberry, blackberry, green spices and cedar. The palate has between medium and long length, the acid edge just right and its expression reminds of a melange of blueberry and blackberry fruits. This is an enjoyable new release wine.