Graf Hardegg 2010 Veltlinsky rosé

Niederösterreich (Austria)
made from Zweigelt and Pinot Noir; 12% ABV; screw cap
$3 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 30 May

Veltlinsky_roseI was a little worried about the slightly brownish color of this wine, but curiosity and greed finally got the better of me.  I thought it was okay, but hardly exciting.

The dry wine showed full flavors of quince jelly and red berries, but with a sort of browned or oxidized character that weighed it down a bit.  A couple days later, the rest of the bottle in the fridge seemed distinctly worse, more acid and oxidized.  So… I guess it’s okay for the low price, but I’d probably skip it.  However, I would be curious about trying a more recent vintage.


8 thoughts on “Graf Hardegg 2010 Veltlinsky rosé

  1. john

    Anyone who buys Austrian reds or rose’ is rolling the dice! Especially a non-vintage wine. There are always exception to this rule. But a $3 wine is automatically suspect. G.O sells some very strange wines. In fact the variety and quality has slipped over the past 5 years now that the wine industry has reorganized, properties sold and much if not all of the finds are no longer around. I know! I bought a lot especially some lovely New Zealand PN from the Otago area. Buyer beware!

    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Hi John. Back in the day when I started writing here, yea nearly three years ago, one could still get a reasonable wine for $3. Now, that price usually seems to mean the wine is defective in some way, the recent Jumping Grape sparkling wine being a nice exception.

  2. Seedboy

    Have you tried the 2006 Grenache Rose from Australia that is at the Berkeley store for $2.99? It is quite fresh tasting, question is whether the fruit is too candied.

    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Hi Xandria and welcome! Yes, it tasted like it would have been quite pleasant a few years ago. 🙂


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