Hollenburger NV — Grüner Veltliner
A Wine That
ain't your average Grüner. This was born from a creative spirit. A beautiful balance between freshness and complexity, this is a wine that reveals layers upon layers of detail, leading the sommelier of Lyles to dub it the "haute couture" of winemaking. At first sniff, it is subtle and stony, and after a few hours of being open, it reveals a spicy side of pepper, flintstones and grapefruit all rolled into one.
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- Winemaker: Christoph Hoch
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Where & How?
From Hollenburg in the Kremstal region of Austria, this is a Grüner Veltliner from old vines of 25-70 years old. Grüner has a long tradition in this region, hence it often represents the oldest plantings.
Natural fermentation takes place in old wooden barrels. It is a Non-Vintage (NV) wine, which means that it is produced from wines made across multiple vintages. Some wines are seven months old, and other wines are 32 months old. The younger wines give more of a refreshing, fruity side to the wine, wheres the older wines (often skin macerated) add complexity. Bottled with a tiny addition of 15mg/L sulphur.
After going to winemaking school, Christoph set out to find high quality wines that excited him, to learn more. He found that among these, there was often a common denominator; they were farmed biodynamically. He started to research biodynamic viticulture, converting his vineyards from 2014. The first thing you notice when you meet Christoph is that he asks a million questions and he smiles a lot. He is on a constant knowledge quest.
He says, "I suppose that's why I've always called my wines projects. I always have projects going on; some work and then they become my wines! I always want to learn something, to take a step forward and to discover what's possible here on our soil."
On his soil in the Kremstal, Christoph produces sparkling and still wines from Riesling, Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Blanc, Zweigelt, Sauvignon Blanc, Blauer Portugieser and Muscat.