Judith Beck | Biodynamic wine producer in Gols, a town in the Wagram (previously Donauland) region of Austria. Her parents, Matthias and Christine Beck founded the estate in 1976. Judith Beck studied viticulture and oenology at Klosterneuburg. She interned at Château Cos d’Estournel in Bordeaux, Braida in Piemonte and Errazuriz in Chile. Her first full vintage at the family winery was 2001 and 2004 was her first as director of operations.
Vineyards | On the slopes of the Wagram, east of Lake Neusiedlersee, whose close proximity benefits the vines. Since 1976 the area under vine has increased from 5 to 15ha–90% red (Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch, St. Laurent and Pinot Noir). Sites on the Parndorf Plate Gravel plateau, for example Schafleiten (160 metres on sandy loam with medium gravel content) and Goldberg (very clayey, partially sandy), suit St. Laurent, Pinot Noir and Zweigelt. Sites on the slopes at the flank of the Parndorf Plate which face south-west are on sandy-loamy soils with chalky inclusions, such as Altenberg and Gabarinza, are well suited to Blaufränkisch and Merlot. | Heideboden, in Gols, a flat site close to the lake in a Tectonic depression on Seewinkel gravel, well suited for Zweigelt and white varieties. | Raitacker, reddish gravelly soil.
Biodynamics | Judith started working with the Biodynamic consultrant, the late Dr Andrew Lorand, in 2007 and became a member of the respekt-BIODYN group. She hand stirs the preps. At Millésime Bio 2014 she told me she sprays Horn manure 500 three times per season, initially all three early in the season, but now in October, May and June.
Certification | 2009 First vintage with full organic certification. | 2017 Certified Biodynamic by respekt-BIODYN.
Whites Judith says that ‘due to the warm climate and the very light soils, we usually produce powerful white wines, woth alcohol contents of around 13-14%. The region around Lake Neusiedl is particularly suited to cultivate Burgundy varieties like Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Neuburger. The full bodied nature of our white wines means all varieties age in barrels. The classic line (White Burgundy, Chardonnay) are fermented and matured in large wooden casks.’
Reds Judith says that ‘Reds ferment spontaneously in stainless steel tanks or in open wooden vats. Large oak casks are used for ageing, and suit the fruit profile of both Zweigelt and Blaufränkisch. Wine needs to breath to develop thoroughly; hence we do not use stainless steel tanks for maturation at all.’
Chardonnay, Bambule! | Bambule = skin contact and no additives. | 2011 3 weeks’ maceration on the skins. 22m in old barrels, on the lees. | 2013 No added sulfites (Source: catalogue for RAW 2015). | 2014 14-21 days on skins. Very savoury again. Nice lemony fruit, but dried a bit by the band-aid at Tenuta Manicor 24th June 2016.
Chardonnay | 2012 Barrel fermented. 6m on lees in barrel.
Neubuger, Bambule! | Bambule = skin contact and no additives.
Neubuger | 2012 From the Raitacker vineyard (see above). 5 days on skins. 12m on lees in barrel. | 2013 Fermented and aged in faß. Very nice texture, delicate Turkish Delight, dry at Millésime Bio 2014.
Weissburgunder | Grown on Seewinkelschotter (gravel and black earth. 130 metres. | 2012 Hand picked. WBP. Fermented in 15hl casks. 6m on lees in acacia wooden casks.
Blaufränkisch | 2012 From vines in Gols and Neusidl. 12m in used barrels.
Blaufränkisch Alte Lagen | 2011 From the Altenberg vineyard. / 2013 26 mg/l total sulfites (RAW 2015).
Heideboden | 2011 60% Zweigelt, 20% Blaufränkisch, 20% St Laurent. 18m in used barrels.
Judith | 2011 75% Blaufränkisch (Gabarinza vineyard), 25% St Laurent (Schafleiten). 20m in oak with MLF in oak. 59 mg/l total sulfites (RAW 2015).
Pannobile Cuvée UVEE | 2011 60% Zweigelt, 30% Blaufränkisch, 10% St Laurent. | 2012 48 mg/l total sulfites (RAW 2015).
Pinot Noir | 2011 Fermented in open vats.
St Laurent, Schafleiten | From the Schafleiten vineyard (see above). | 2011 15m in barrel. Blackberry and apple, very vibrant, lots of fruit, good (Millésime Bio 2014). | 2013 30 mg/l total sulfites (Source: RAW 2015).
Zweigelt | 2012 From the Heideboden in Gols. 10m in used barrels.
Zweigelt Goldberg | From the Goldberg vineyard (see above). | 2012 24m in barrel. 50% new oak.
Beck Ink | 2013 Zweigelt and St Laurent. Barrel aged (older oak). 42 mg/l total sulfites (RAW 2015).
Weingut Judith Beck
In den Reben 1
A-7122 Gols, Austria
Tel+43 2173 2755 | www.weingut-beck.at