Judith Beck Zweigelt Bambule! 2018

Type: Red
Country: Austria
Region: Burgenland
Grape Variety: 100% Zweigelt
Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
Viticulture: Natural Wine | Biodynamic | Certified Organic | Vegan Friendly

Climate: Warm climate defined by the Pannonian Plain to the east and the Lake
The grapes for Zweigelt Bambule! come from a one-half hectare, mid-slope parcel Judith owns in the Kurzberg vineyard, which is near the winery, just west of Gols. The site was planted in 2007. It is a south-west exposed slope with a sandy loam and limestone soil. Beck uses only grapes from the middle part, not from the plateau and not from the lower slope, because they ripen perfectly, without developing too much sugar.
Ageing: Fermented spontaneously using low-intervention first in 500-litre barrels that are between 4 – 8 years old. Then pressed with a small basket press and racked into 7 – 10 year old barriques. The largest part of the fermentation happens only after pressing in the barriques. The alcoholic fermentation period lasted 10 days and the malolactic fermentation followed spontaneously. The final wine is then assembled in tank and bottled without any fining or filtration

Color: Wine rich ruby color with a purple rim around the edge of the glass
Nose: The bright aroma of the wine is filled with expressive shades of sour cherries
Palate: Fresh, lively with soft tannins, juicy cherry tones and an elegant spiciness in the aftertaste

About the Winery:
The Judith Beck estate is based in the Burgenland commune of Gols, in the Neusiedlersee region, on the eastern – and warmest — side of the 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. Lake Neusiedl’s depth is only 1.5 meters and its water temperature can reach 90 degrees F. in the summer. Indeed, this is Austria’s warmest wine growing area, the first to harvest, and the production centre 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 owns a total of 13.5 hectares of vines in Gols, with holdings in the vineyard sites of Altenberg, Gabarinza, Salzberg and Schafleiten. 85% of the area is planted to red varieties – Blauer Zweigelt, Blaufrankisch, St. Laurent, Pinot Noir and Merlot, with the remaining 15% planted to white varieties – Welschriesling, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay. In addition, grapes are brought in from another 5 hectares in the communes of Apetlon, Halbturn and Winden, and used in the production of the basic red wines. Vines are planted at high densities of up to 7,000 vines per hectare to limit yields and ensure ripe fruit at harvest time. Soils range from loam and clay on the lower vineyards to limestone, higher up on the ridges. All grapes are hand-harvested.

The Becks built a new modern and functional winery and ageing cellar in 2005. It allows Judith to manipulate her wines as little as possible in the vinification process, resulting in wines that show the pure and vivid expression of the varietal and the unique vintage character. Judith Beck’s wines are at once elegant, fruit-forward and complex expressions of her vineyards.