Zweigelt, Beck, Burgenland, Austria 2017
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Biodynamic/natural – fresh style and zippy energy
Previously a mixed farm on the edge of Lake Neusiedlersee, the Beck winery began to take shape in the mid 1970s, when Matthias took the decision to grow the area of planted vines from 5 to 15 hectares. The next stage of their growth was the construction of their own winery, in 2005, before their conversion to full biodynamic production 2 years later. It was around this time that Judith took over from her father, having studied at Austrian viticultural college before gaining experience with stints in France (at Cos d’Estournel in Bordeaux), Italy and Chile. She now has total control of proceedings from vine to bottle, with Matthias still lending a hand in his treasured vineyards.
While the estate produces all manner of wines, from delicate whites to powerful reds, Judith has declared a particular interest in the indigenous Austrian varieties of Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent. Her ‘Ink’ cuvee is a blend of both Zweigelt and Blaufrankisch, providing an approachable entry point to the often underrated world of Austrian reds. Producers in this area frequently use brand new, heavily toasted oak barrels to fashion wines that are extremely rich and powerful. Judith, on the other hand, embraces a fresher style. Expect bags of dark fruit, spices and zippy energy that ensures the wine leaps from the glass on the nose and hits the palate like summer berry fruit salad. Ideal for juicy, summer drinking.