wine-searcher.com / Dunkelfelder Wine
Dunkelfelder is a dark-skinned German crossing bred by viticulturist Gustav Adolf Froehlich (1847-1912). It was once believed to be the progeny of Portugieser and the little-known Farbertraube, a dark-fleshed teinturier variety, but recent DNA profiling has revealed Madeleine Angevine and the almost-extinct teinturier grape to be the parents.
Dunkel means dark, in reference to the deep color the wines achieve. In Germany – where Dunkelfelder is mainly grown in Pfalz and Baden and where color can be problematic among grape varieties – it is a very useful blending ingredient. It is only rarely made into varietal wines; the few that are released are dry, with good acidity and body, but rather neutral flavors.
Synonyms include: Färbtraube Froelich, Purpur.
Food matches for Dunkelfelder include:
- Läwwerknepp (liver dumplings)
- Steak and kidney pie
- Tomato pasta bake