Multidimensional, showing different flavor nuances with each sip. A distinctive, gorgeous version, featuring aromas and flavors of lemon curd, apple and hazelnut, with hints of spearmint. Intense minerality takes over on the mouthwatering finish.
From terraced vineyards around Hollenburg with Hollenburger Konglomerat and Loess situated between 250 – 300 meters altitude. 100% fermented and matured in big oak casks. Hoch treats each barrel as an experiment, some of the wine has a maceration on the skins, some goes through malo, some does not. The blend is 40% from the most recent vintage, 40% the previous vintage, and 20% three vintages ago. The youngest vintages gives the wine freshness and vivacity, the middle vintage body, and the last vintage is normally the most tannic and structured. The combination gives the most complete and complex expression of Hollenburg, irrespective of vintage. For those who are curious, the back label always lists a lot number in tiny print and the first two numbers show what the youngest vintage in the blend.
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: 100% Gruner Veltliner
Awards: 92 Wine Spectator, 90 Wine Advocate
Alcohol Content: 10.5%