Hoch Vineyards

Christoph Hoch is a new, young Austrian winemaker in the Kremstal. He started out in 2009 at his parent's winery, making wine in a traditional style and he got bored. The schedule was too set for him. So, he started experimenting in 2010 and split from his parent's weingut in 2013. He has 5 hectares from his family spread throughout four different vineyards, all in the town of Hollenburg. Hollenburg is on the south side of the Danube, and like the other areas of the Kremstal, the subsoil is conglomerate.

Conglomerate was formed by the Traisental and Danube river crashing together and compacting chalk and river stones together. The chalk comes from the Alps and it was brought by the Traisental River. It kind of looks like a construction mortar that you would make a building with. Christoph compared it to the chalk in the Côte des Blancs in Champagne and equally active, bringing minerals to the vines.

Throughout all of Hoch's vineyards, you find a mix of mustard, rye, and phacelia. He considers all of his parcels by four categories: dry, chalky, nutrient rich, or holds water. Depending on the category, he will plant the herbs and grains accordingly. Mustard brings sulfur to the soil, which protects the plants and transfers it naturally to the wines, so that he can use as little as possible at bottling. Rye brings carbon to the soil. He knocks it down after it has grown and it creates a natural humus. The carbon from the rye works with the phacelia and creates nitrogen. As of 2015, the wines are certified organic and biodynamic. And interestingly, the local wine school in Krems sends students to Hoch to learn about biodynamic farming.

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Christoph Hoch Grüner Veltliner Hollenburger
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92 "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. Drink now through 2024. 500
Item Number: 33382

Christoph Hoch Zweigelt Rose 2018
Wonderfully expressive -- you'll find newborn roses, candied cherry blossoms, orange zest, pine shavings and more that pour out from the nose. Not to be out done, flavors of red berries that are wonderfully crisp and light, dance with notes of wild strawberries, black raspberries, and cranberries.
Item Number: 33116

Christoph Hoch Kalkspitz Pet Nat
Christoph Hoch has very active, chalky soil much like what is found in the Cote 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 DeSousa, Laherte, and Tarlant. Benoit Tarlant (of Champagne
Item Number: 28756
Case: $203.40