Hochkirch Maximus Pinot Noir 2015




  • Vegan Suitable
  • Certified Biodynamic
  • Winery
  • Region
    Henty, Western Districts, VIC
  • Grapes
    Pinot Noir

Quite light red colour. Bright red cherry fruit with savoury beetroot and earthy gamey notes on nose with just a flash of smoky oak. Palate is mid weight with sweet red and also black fruit, ripe tannin, lively acid and a slight earthy bitterness at the back.

Hochkirch Pinots are made in a bold earthy rich burgundian style, quite different to the light soft red fruit styles ofter found in New Zealand & Tasmania.

Notes from Hochkirch Winery

An early vintage preceded by a dry spring and summer saved by 42 mm rain in early Jan. Harvest began 24/2(earliest ever) and completed 4/3. Early vintage in warmer conditions meant lots of fruit cooling overnight in buckets under the stars in our reliably cool nights. Ripe stems meant a little more wholevbunch in ferments which proceeded in orderly fashion. Harvest baumés were from 12.6-13.0 with pH around 3.3. Despite the difficult season the wines show beautiful balance and engaging vigour with great promise for the 2 or 3 customers who will keep them for 5-10 years of development.

Winefront.com.au Review - 94 points - 2015 Vintage

Left to mature in old oak for some 18 to 19 months before release, with fruit sourced from the oldest plot on the Hochkirch estate (planted 1997). Hochkirch was biodynamic certified in 2003. If you’ve had these under the radar, time again to look for the Hochkirch blips.

Sour cherry, dried herbs, sappy, brambly, berries on grose kind of feel. It’s such a lovely start, less about primary fruit and more about other exciting things. Softer in the palate, open weave with a fleshiness and suppleness, though there’s more intensity of stone, garrigue and dark earthiness. Distinct, unique, wonderful expression.

Rated : 94 Points
Tasted : MAR18
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $54
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2018 - 2027

James Halliday's Winecompanion.com.au Review - 2012 Vintage

"The hazy shades of autumn. This fairly puts savouriness and complexity far ahead of brightness and overt fruit. It's smoky, murky, spicy and run with rhubarb-like flavour, with black woody/twiggy cherries flowing beneath. Aromas are caught in a fog but the palate has plenty going on."

Rating: 91
Drink By: 2022
Price: $40.00
Date Tasted: 03 Mar 2015
Alcohol: 12.9%
Published: 27 Jul 2015

Background notes from Hochkirch Winery

"The most capricious of varieties, Pinot is however capable of breathtaking magnificence as no other red wine when terroir, season and man meet in the right coincidence. Although these are early days Pinot seems to feel at home in our vineyard with the rigours of a cold southwest Victorian climate.

Fruit is handpicked and partially destemmed into small open fermenters with natural wild ferment in its own time and gentle hand plunging. After a long slow ferment, pressed and gravity transferred to small fine grained French oak, natural malolactic ferment occurred with the warmth and new life of spring. Falling bright with gravity our wines are neither fined nor filtered and in some years show an opaque richness as testament to this natural process. Bottled by hand using natural corks, our wine of course contains no animal products or GMOs." John Nagorcka

(SKU: HK_MAX_15)

Wine Type Red
Vintage 2015
Alcohol % 13.5
Grapes Pinot Noir
Region Henty, Western Districts, VIC
Volume 750mL
Packaging Glass Bottle
Closure Cork (natural)
Wild Yeast Fermentation Yes
Vegan Suitable Yes
Certified Biodynamic Yes

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