An ex European BMX champion gone natural wine guru, Jochen Beurer is making some killer wines in Swabia, Germany. Jochen Beurer may be one of the most important winemakers in Germany. His wines are pure energy; they have a universal vibration to them. They seemingly do not follow the laws of physics that govern the rest of the conventional wine world. They float. Jochen is also one of the deepest thinkers about the environment beyond the vineyards. A tour with Beurer is as likely to include a discussion of his bees, the vegetation and animals surrounding the vineyards as it is to include a discussion of the soil and vines themselves. Remstal (where Beurer is located) is the only area in Germany with Zweigelt!
Jochen’s Zweigelt, from vines on the ‘other’ side of the valley, on Bunte Mergel (marl, a lime rich clay) soils, is an intensely dark yet bracingly fresh wine that eschews the clumsy tannins that often plague this variety. It’s suave, long and yet still has more than enough stuffing to make short work of a steak.
Zweigelt is one of those rare reds that pair well with fish, particularly shellfish. Try pairing it with fish cooked in wine or tomato-based sauce to really bring out the flavors. Also a great BBQ wine.