Australian Lemberger wine regional and flavour profile



Lemberger taste and aromas

Blackberries, sweet or sour cherries, plums, currants, gooseberries, elderberries, bananas and chocolate, as well as vegetal aromas, such as green beans or green bell peppers.

Lemberger mouthfeel

High tannins, high acidity, long finish, medium-full bodied

Facts about Lemberger

  • Officially classified under the name “Blauer Limberger,” this red grape variety also goes by the synonyms “Lemberger” and “Blaufränkisch.”
  • It has been called “the Pinot Noir of the East” because of its spread and reputation in Eastern Europe.
  • first president of the Federal Republic of Germany, Theodor Heuss, declared Lemberger to be his favourite wine, and it’s said the variety was equally as popular with Napoleon.

Australian regions that produce Lemberger

Few regions within Australia grow or produce Lemberger, the most significant being Adelaide Hills, Here it is grown often blended with Trollinger.

Outside of Australia, the grape is grown across Central Europe, including Austria, Czech Republic, Germany and Washington State, Slovakia, Croatia and Slovenia.

What food to pair with Lemberger

Light, fruity Lemberger wines are ideal with platters of cheese and/or cold cuts as well as summer BBQ foods. More tannic Lemberger wines are great with grilled foods, steak with sautéed onions, and the whole range of roasted game. It also pairs well with lamb, roast beef, and cheese, such as low-fat blue cheese or feta.

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