Savory and Refreshing yet Creamy on the Palate. Aromas of lime, green walnut and mint.
Christoph has very active, chalky soil much like what is found in the Côte des Blancs in Champagne. Upon learning this, he wanted to try out making a pet-nat. In an effort to learn about sparkling wine, he spent time in Champagne with De Sousa, Laherte, and LDM’s Champagne Tarlant; Benoît Tarlant made a bet with Hoch that it would be nearly impossible for him to make a stable pet-nat. The bet was that if he succeeded, then Tarlant would give him twelve barrels to use. After his first bottling, Hoch sent him twelve bottles to try and after trying the bottles, Tarlant conceded that he lost the bet and Hoch drove to Champagne to collect his barrels! The Kalkspitz (kalk = chalk, and spitz = acidity).
Christoph Hoch is the twelth generation, since 1640, to make wine in his town of Hollenburg, on the south side of the Danube. Historically, vines were planted on this side of the Danube and the north side was for food crops. In 2013, Hoch split from his parents winery, starting with five hectares that would have been his inheritence eventually. Today (Sept. 2019), Hoch has 12 hectares total, all in Hollenburg, and all farmed biodynamically and certified by Demeter. The subsoil is Hollenburger conglomerate, which was formed by the Traisental and Danube rivers crashing together and compacting chalk and river stones together. The chalk is equally as active as the Côte des Blancs in Champagne, bringing minerals to the vines.
Varietal: 70% Gruner Veltliner, 8% Zweigelt, 8% Sauvignon Blanc, 7% Muscat, 7% Blauer Portugieser
Alcohol Content: 11%