|Grape/Varietal : Grüner Veltliner & Riesling||Color : White - Pet-Nat Sparkling|
|Origin : Austria||Bottle Size : 75cl|
|Region : Kamptal||ABV : 11.5%|
|Vintage : NV||Natural Factor: Demeter, Biodynamic|
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 Cote des Blancs in Champagne and equally active, bringing minerals to the vines.
Throughout all of Christoph’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.
Kalkreich is another Pet-Nat (Traditional method of sparkling wine) but with the addition of aging on lees (natural residue from grape yeast cells) for 3 years.. Made of different grape varieties (mostly Grüner Veltliner and Riesling). A combination of dark floral notes with a pronounced earthy character. It's dry, with maximum 11% alcohol and an atmospheric pressure of less than three. There is a crisp, refreshing acidity along with a creaminess on the palate. You shouldnt miss this!
Pairs Well With:
Grilled salmon burgers
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