Judith Beck Blaufränkisch Rosé Burgenland 2014

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Estate: The Judith Beck estate is located on the eastern side of Lake Neusiedl, in the commune of Gols in the Burgenland region of the most eastern part of Austria [which is also the country’s warmest growing region]. It is a family estate, founded by Judith’s parents Matthias and Christine Beck in 1976. Judith took over the reins of the winery in 2004, whilst her father Matthias devotes his time to the care of the 15 hectares of vines. The estate has always used sustainable methods; in 2007 they converted to biodynamic practices. Judith Beck wines are known for their “of pure and vivid expression of the variety “ along with elegance, power and complexity.

Philosophy: “Wine and the joy of living and pleasure all go hand in hand. We prefer wines which captivate all of our senses with each new bottle and each new sip.”

Winemaking: Father and daughter believe in as little intervention as possible in both the vineyard and winery. All wines are vegan with only native yeasts used in fermentation.

Tasting Notes: Amber orange in colour with aromas of cherry, crushed white peppercorn and a fantastic hint of herbaceous funk. Cherry, red currant and watermelon flavours are framed by a sleek acidity, whilst red grapefruit and hints of orange blossom comprise the bright, citrus finish. Wonderfully easy drinking and refreshing, this will vanish rather rapidly from your glass.

100% Blaufränkisch
Burgenland
Austria
Produced by Judith Beck GMBH
12% Alcohol
$13
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A Tale of Two Austrian Rosés

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Discovering a wine shop that has a curated selection of off the beaten path wines at affordable prices is a blissful experience for any wine lover. Focusing on small producers that craft their wines using sustainable, organic and biodynamic practices, 22 Second Street Wine Co is a boutique shop with a selection of unique, compelling wines that I can’t wait to pour.

Here are two equally priced, 2015 Rosés hailing from Austria that I picked up, excited to have an opportunity to do a side by side tasting. They are engaging, expressive and couldn’t be more different from each other. Sláinte!

Josef Ehmoser Zweigelt Rosé 2015

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Estate: Headed by 3rd generation winemaker Josef Ehmoser and his wife Martina, the Josef Ehmoser estate is located in Tiefenthal in the village of Grossweikersdorf, in the Wagram region of Austria. The vineyards are located on the left bank slopes of the Danube River. A “high regard for the natural elements” and supporting “the potential of the vines and highlight their innate character” is the driving force behind Josef and Martina’s methods in the vineyards and cellar. The labels, which depict the sun, water and their vines, are a reflection of this conviction.

Philosophy: Simply stated: “respect the environment”. “We are merely observers. It is only in harmony with nature that the true character of our wines thrives. Through deep understanding of the vine, the environment, and the natural processes, the grapes achieve balanced ripeness.”

Winemaking: Sustainable farming, including no irrigation, along with minimal intervention in both the vineyard and cellar are practiced. Grapes were sourced from loess soils [fossil and mineral-rich soil], then “gently crushed and pressed”. Cool temperature fermented in stainless steel, then aged on the lees. “Uncomplicated and refreshing, Josef recommends his varietal Zweigelt rosé on hot summer days and humid summer nights.”

Tasting Notes: Pale coral pink in colour with aromas of citrus zest, minerals and orange blossom. Tart berries are laced with soft, sweet strawberry and highlighted by a refreshing acidity and clean minerals on the zippy finish. Light and lithe, this really shines with food, especially salty dishes. A perfect refreshing summer sip.

100% Zweigelt
Wagram
Austria
Estate Bottled by Josef Ehmoser
12% Alcohol
$15
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Judith Beck ‘Beck Pink’ Rosé 2015

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Estate: The Judith Beck estate is located on the eastern side of Lake Neusiedl, in the commune of Gols in the Burgenland region of the most eastern part of Austria [which is also the country’s warmest growing region]. It is a family estate, founded by Judith’s parents Matthias and Christine Beck in 1976. Judith took over the reins of the winery in 2004, whilst her father Matthias devotes his time to the care of the 15 hectares of vines. The estate has always used sustainable methods; in 2007 they converted to biodynamic practices. Judith Beck wines are known for their “of pure and vivid expression of the variety “ along with elegance, power and complexity.

Philosophy: “Wine and the joy of living and pleasure all go hand in hand. We prefer wines which captivate all of our senses with each new bottle and each new sip.”

Winemaking: Father and daughter believe in as little intervention as possible in both the vineyard and winery. All wines are vegan with only native yeasts used in fermentation. The grapes were immediately pressed after picking, “the young wines developed on their lees in tank, with one racking; no malolactic fermentation”.

Tasting Notes: Coral pink in colour with alluring aromas of smoky, sweet mesquite and wildflowers. Raspberry, peach and floral notes are glazed with smoky mesquite; a complimentary hint of funky earth comprises the meaty, nearly savory finish. An unconventional and super versatile Rosé that is fantastic on its own, and can be paired with light or heavy dishes alike.

80% Blaufränkisch, 20% St Laurent
Burgenland
Austria
Produced by Judith Beck
12% Alcohol
$16
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Tousey Winery Rebellion Rosé 2013

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Estate: Located in the Hudson Valley region of New York, Tousey Winery is a family run estate that was founded on Ray Tousey’s vision of transforming his family land into a vineyard. He was passionate about producing a Crѐme de Cassis from the black currants found on the land and the honey from his bee keeping. Today Ray’s daughter Kimberly and her husband Ben head the 15 acre estate. [Ray is still producing his delectable organic, raw honey and Cassis]

Philosophy: They are “dedicated to delivering pleasure and enjoyment in every bottle”.

Winemaking: Fermented and aged in French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes: Coral-amber in colour with aromas of peach, apricot and dusty earth. Fantastically refreshing, a streak of acidity runs behind strawberry and traces of tart berries. Traces of white pepper and chalky minerals comprise the clean finish.

100% Blaufränkisch
New York
Produced and Bottled by Tousey Winery
11% Alcohol
$18
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Goose Watch Winery Tasting

My husband and I traveled to Lake Placid NY this past weekend for a hockey tournament he was playing in. In addition to being nestled in the beautiful Adirondacks, Lake Placid hosted both the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. From bobsledding, to skiing to snowshoeing, to dog sledding, there is an abundance of winter activities to partake in. Being a tourist destination, there are also a couple of Finger Lakes wineries that have set up tasting rooms for additional exposure. In between my husband’s games on Saturday, we had an opportunity to explore the town, and stopped in to the Goose Watch Winery Tasting Room.

The Peterson Family established Goose Watch Winery in 1997, they are also the owners of Swedish Hill Winery. The estate consists of 120 acres overlooking Cayuga Lake, of which 12 acres are vineyards dedicated to grape varieties not typically grown in New York State, such as Lemberger, Pinot Grigio and Viognier. I tasted six wines total, the following are the three I enjoyed best.

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Pinot Noir Brut Rosé
My favourite of the tasting, super fizzy with lively strawberry and cranberry flavours balanced by clean minerals and good acidity, making it fantastic with light dishes or sipping on its own.
12% Alcohol
$18

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Cabernet Franc Rosé 2011
A rather substantial rosé with red currant and cherry, along with zippy white peppercorn and earthy minerals on the dry finish.
11.5% Alcohol
$12

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Lemberger 2011
Intense and a good companion for earthy or meaty dishes, with black currant, black cherry and gamey elements merging into a compact finish of black peppercorn and dark chocolate notes. I absolutely love Blaüfrankisch, and this was an interesting New York State expression of the grape.
13% Alcohol
$18

All wines produced and bottled by Goose Watch Winery
Finger Lakes
New York

Takler Noir Gold Kékfrankos Reserve 2004

 

My second selection culled from my sisters wine closet was the Takler Noir Gold Kékfrankos Reserve 2004. I was enthusiastic to investigate this bottle as Hungarian wines don’t heavily populate the shelves of most wine shops. Additionally, I have heard that the best Kékfrankos hails from Szekszárd, so I was excited to pop the cork.

 

In hefty contrast to the velvety, inky dark purple colour, aromas of rose and light oak swirled about in my glass. Black cherry and blueberry flavours were complimented by a refreshing minerality and firm, smooth tannins. The elongated finish divulged deep, dark woodsy notes interwoven amongst smoky tobacco and chocolate, concluding with just the slightest suggestion of rose. Smooth, spirited and eloquent, each sip was like meandering along on an enchanted woodland path.

 

Szekszárd
Hungary
13.5% Alcohol
$15
Enjoy now through 2015