2021 Beck Pink Ros é  

Burgenland, Austria

Judith Beck is a female wine maker based in the Burgenland commune of Gols, in the Neusiedlersee region of Austria. Gols is the largest region in Burgenland and her winery resides on the east side of Lake Neusiedl which has one of the warmest climates in Austria. Judith’s parents founded the family winery in 1976. Judith made her first vintage of wine in 2001 and eventually took over the winery from her parents in 2004. Judith and her father Matthias practiced sustainable viticulture from the beginning, and converted to biodynamic practice with their 2007 vintage. Judith uses only native yeasts in the fermentation process.

The Beck Pink rosé is made with the grapes Zweigelt and Blaufränkisch. It’s vinified using native yeasts and gently macerated in stainless steel to preserve the aromatics. If you’re a frequent shopper with us a Bricks, an Austrian wine with Zweigelt and Blaufränkisch is probably not a surprising choice by me. I absolutely love both of these grapes and love recommending them to customers. Zweigelt is a crossing between Blaufränkisch and St.Laurent (another fabulous Austrian grape)and is the most grown red wine varietal in Austria. Blaufränkisch is known as Lemberger in Germany and Kekfrankos in Hungary. Blaufränkisch is the second most planted red variety in Austria and typically makes wines that are bigger and more powerful than those made from Zweigelt.

I will defend drinking rose all year long! It’s incredibly versatile and pairs with just about anything. I think of fall as a great rose season because it keeps the summer alive a bit longer and pairs wonderfully with thanksgiving dinner. The colour of this rose is beautiful pale salmon pink. On the nose there’s fresh strawberries, raspberries and pepper. The palate is bright and tart with juicy strawberries. I get hints of Jolly Rancher and watermelon candies as well.