The perfect entry-point to acquaint yourself with Austrian white wine. Weissburgunder is on the fleshier side to steely Grüner Veltliner; more pears and peaches with zippy acidity. Find out more.
Essential summertime rosé business at that sweet, sweet price point. 'Pink' is a rosé of Zweigelt and Blaufrankisch from Burgenland grower Judith Beck, who has a reputation for making quality, affordable wines that compromise nothing in their sensitive vineyard work. This one is certainly on the zippy, clean and fresh side. Candied strawberry on the nose but also veering to white stone fruit. Once in the mouth the wine is both fleshy and tart, a sharp, salty tang of cranberry with some deep cherry notes also. Given a bit of time to open up (it can be a bit shy at first) the fruit deepens and savoury spices develop. In short, this one's a steal.
The Beck winery is a family estate in Gols, in northern Burgenland near lake Neusiedl. Traditionally, there were small mixed farms in the area, but they always grew vines as part of the agricultural diversity. In 1975 Matthias Beck took over from his father and started to focus on wine only, they started with 5 ha. Today the Beck estate has 15 ha of vines. In 2001 Judith took over responsibility for the cellar after gaining experience in France, Italy and Chile. In 2007 the conversion to biodynamic viticulture was started. If someone like Judith Beck lives not just according to a postal address, but actually amidst the vines, then you can be sure that she's developed a deep relationship to her own vineyards. The most beautiful of these vines - she prefers the traditional varieties Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch, St. Laurent, Weissburgunder and Chardonnay - lie on the slopes and the hills of the Wagram. This is the name of the area of slopes which are, for the most part, sun-exposed and rise from the lowlands east of the Neusiedler See to the so-called Parndorfer Platte. The soils here are extremely diverse. In fact, a single vineyard alone can comprise humus, gravel, loam, limestone and minerals - the ideal basis for complex, multi-faceted wines that reflect their origin. Naturalness and identity are the features that Judith wants to see and to show in her wines. This approach is also a reason that she has been inspired by the ideas of Rudolf Steiner since 2007. That means she uses holistic methods in her biologically-managed vineyards in order to keep the vines naturally healthy. This includes greening, care for biodiversity, fertilizing with biological humus. Working by hand, consideration of the moon cycles and more. Consequently, Judith does not add cultured yeasts, but instead 'risks' allowing her wines to ferment spontaneously - in other words, truly naturally.