Rot (Red)


Like all of Hoch's still wines, the Rot (red) is a blend of three vintages, supporting Hoch's vision that the best expression of terroir comes from the blend rather than a dominant vintage. Young wines add fruit and older wines bring tannins and structure. The Rot is a blend of 80% Zweigelt and 20% Blauer Portugieser; red grapes planted in a white soil, the famous Hollenburger conglomerate. The grapes are stomped by foot with whole clusters and undergo a semi-carbonic fermentation (about 75% of the total). The wine is aged 50% in large barrels and 50% barrels. About half of the barrels are not topped off and the wine develops flor, giving more depth and complexity. It's bottled without filtration, giving a slightly cloudy wine. It's a light red with piquant cherry and blueberry fruit, and notable, pleasing tannins. The final alcohol is 9.5%. It's joyous. Best served with a slight chill.

91 points
"An incredibly light red, which never sacrifices flavor and expresses such vibrancy that it is hard to stop drinking it. The palate shows raspberry, mulberry and blood orange acidity, which gives this the backbone since the tannins are superlight. A truly beautiful match for the summer. "
Wine Enthusiast
December 2022

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