Judith Beck, Zweigelt, 2020
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.
Organic and hand harvested dry red wine - fresh, medium bodied, bursting with last of summer fruits and an underlying chocolate richness. Zweigelt is a cross between Blaufrankisch and St Laurent This wine gets 8-10 months of aging in old oak. Beck matures her Zweigelt in two phases in wood in order to attain the round, complex and vivid style she seeks. Bright, dark cherry, black-currant and spicy aromas and flavors with a fresh, berry-fruit finish. Pair with terrines, fall stews, roasted beets, or game dishes that have deer, elk or venison.