Judith Beck, INK, 2021
Gols, Burgenland, Austria
“I seriously believe in this low-intervention winemaking and I am going to continue like that. For me this is not about a trend, but a deeply held commitment.”
- Judith Beck
The Judith Beck estate is based in the Burgenland commune of Gols, in the Neusiedlersee region, on the eastern – and warmest — side of Lake Neusiedl. Gols is part of the larger Burgenland region in easternmost Austria, which enjoys a very warm climate defined by the Pannonian plain to the east and the Lake. Indeed, this is Austria’s warmest wine growing area, the first to harvest, and the production center of its finest full-bodied, dry red wines. Judith’s parents, Matthias and Christine Beck, founded the family estate in 1976. Judith Beck made her first vintage in 2001 and in 2004 she assumed full control of the winery. After graduating from the Klosterneuburg Viniculture College Judith Beck gained international experience at world-renowned wineries, including Chateau Cos d’Estournel in Bordeaux, Braida in Piedmont and Errazuriz in Chile. Managing the family winery comes naturally to Judith who has an innate “sixth-sense” feel for the regional varieties Zweigelt, Blaufrankisch and St. Laurent. Judith Beck’s wines are at once elegant, fruit forward and complex expressions of her vineyards. They are pure and vivid expressions of the varietal and the unique vintage character.
INK is a rad blend of 80% Zweigelt and 20% St. Laurent, coming from organically and biodynamically farmed vines. Grapes are picked by hand, with spontaneous fermentation carried out in stainless steel tanks. Wines are aged a further 10 months in neutral casks, producing a pronounced sour cherry fruit aroma with blueberry, raspberry and damson. There's some Christmas-y spices in the foreground alongside the fruit, in addition to more pronounced flavours of cinnamon and cloves. Super juicy and fresh with soft tannins and spicy hints accenting the beautiful fruit composition in this wine.
There's some fun pairings here with homey meat pies, meaty quiches, rotisserie chicken dinners, boeuf bourginon or even fish cooked in tomato sauce.