Dornfelder  red wine variety in Australia 

Dornfelder is a German bred red wine variety now making an appearance in Australia.

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This variety was bred in Germany in the 1950s.  Its heritage include the varieties Pinot Noir, Schiava Grossa, Blaufankisch and Blauer Portugieser.

Although it is a relatively new variety it has rapidly become popular in Germany and more recently in Switzerland. In England it is sometimes used to make rose style wines.

Jancis Robinson in Wine Grapes describes this variety as

the most successful of modern red German crosses making dark, velvty wines

Dornfelder in Australia

This variety is very new to Australia, despite it playing a role in one of the episodes of the ABC drama Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries set in the 1920s.

As far as I know there are two wineries with an interest in the variety.

Boyntons of Bright in the Alpine Valleys region has a few rows planted.  

White Rock Winery in Northern Tasmania have a Dornfelder wine which is won a top gold medal in its class at the 2016 Cool Climate Wine Show.

It seems that this variety could fill a niche as a smooth drinking red wine alternative to pinot noir in cooler wine regions.

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