Christoph Hoch

Kalkreich Brut Nature NV

A wine that makes the world stop for a minute as you drink it. It is a pensive wine, a wine that makes you want to find a pen and a piece of paper so you can try to vocalise how it makes you feel. It is a wine that defies all expectations - the shy kid in school that ends up having the most successful career. On first sip, it tastes like the finest Champagne, but then, on the second sip, you realise that there are secrets ebbing beneath the surface. It is a dazzling wine of mystery, and we challenge anyone to nail this in a blind tasting. 

From Hollenburg in the Kremstal region of Austria, this is 80% Pinot Blanc from a single 30-year-old vineyard on unique conglomerate soils that are very similar to those of Champagne. The final 20% is made up from Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. This is the star of Christoph's cellar. The "reserve" wine, or "base" wine, is matured for one year in old barrels, with no additions. During harvest the following year, he adds fermenting juice from a vineyard that is tended specifically for this wine. He calls this juice the “Hochleistungssturm, or HLS for short” - a word that Christoph invented. It translates as "High Performance Fermenting Juice". Doing the blending for this wine is very tricky and takes a lot of care - it has to be done at exactly the right time, as the fermentation is in constant flux.

In Christoph's words, "the juice tells us when it's ready, the human being cannot decide!" This results in a completely dry wine with just the correct amount of bubbles. It is of utmost importance for it to be dry in order to be naturally stable, as no sulphur is added to this wine. In a nutshell, this creation is an entirely natural method of creating a sparkling wine that goes through two fermentations, Champagne style.



Winemaker: Christoph Hoch

Farming: Biodynamic

Region: Kremstal, Austria

Vintage: 2015

Grapes: Weissburgunder, Grüner Veltliner, Riesling

Colour: Sparkling


Size: 75 cL


Behind the Bottle

Christoph Hoch

Christoph started making wine at the family winery in 2009. By 2013, he had started biodynamic conversion and released his very own first vintage. Today, aided by his wife Julie-Ann and father Harald, Christoph continues to explore the region's potential and the boundaries of biodynamic farming. Their newest experiment is ...