A favourite amongst natural wines drinkers, Judith Beck has somewhat of a cult following. However, this isn’t a wine full of ‘funk’, it’s quite the opposite. Smooth, juicy and bright but rounded with structure and spice. A great wine to drink all year round.
Organic, biodynamic (not certified), wild yeast fermentation, low sulphur- less than 50mg/l, minimal intervention, vegan/veegie, natural wine.
Judith Beck’s winery is run as a family business. Since 1976 the area under vine increased from 5 to 15 ha. Most of the vineyards are situated at the Wagram of the Parndorfer Plate, the most important site of the region. And from 2007 Judith has produced wines in accordance with biodynamic principles. The winery is housed in an impressive airy new building in the middle of the vineyards from Gols. Now the emphasis is on refining the style whilst capturing the potential of the grapes. Judith is passionate about the traditional red wine varieties: Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent. Judith is an impressively calm, thoughtful person and that sense of relaxation seems to transmit itself into her wines, which possess a lightness of touch not always apparent in this region.
Respectful farming is at the heart of the viticulture with a strong aim of producing authentic wines whilst maintaining healthy soil and vines. “We encourage the formation of humus, as a basis of healthy soils, by regularly applying cattle manure which we prepare ourselves and by cultivating grass between the rows. Herbal teas (such as stinging nettle, chamomile, field horsetail …) and biodynamic field sprays such as horn manure and horn silica are used under the consideration of moon rhythms; their purpose being to strengthen resistance and further the physiological ripeness of grapes.”
A blend of Zweigelt and St. Laurent. Handpicked, natural fermentation in stainless steel tanks, about 10 days of maceration, then pressed and aged in old barrels- large third generation acacia wood to be specific. She does this because “We believe that wine needs to breathe in order to develop thoroughly; that`s the reason why we do not use stainless steel tanks for maturation at all”. The idea is not be able to detect any of the oak but to showcase the delicate nature of Austrian varieties.
Juicy and easy-going it’s a wine for every occasion. A abundance of dark fruits that’s still fresh and light, a bright, summer berry juiciness that leaps from the glass, some gentle violet notes and a crack or two of black pepper. Medium in body and silky smooth, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was a delicate cool climate syrah.
Enjoy it chilled in summertime! Or try with a range of food- it’s great with a whole range of foods from game and hearty stews to BBQs to a duck salad.