Hochäcker is among the oldest sites in Horitschon. Its rockless, hard, and loamy substratum is interspersed with iron, which is characteristic of traditional Blaufränkisch soil. Our forty-year-old vines produce highest quality grapes every harvest.
Red berry fruit, delicate forest berries, subtle notes of cherry, spices, and tobacco. Freshly structured on the palate. A complex wine, but not opulent. Dense and extremely concentrated thus ideal for aging.
Single vineyard Blaufränkisch from Hochäcker, the first historical site to be planted in Horitschon, at a time when all vineyards were in Neckenmarkt or Ritzing. The site is loamy, yet with lots of stones for perfect drainage, and if you get lucky you might even find a fossilised oyster shell here and there. Beautiful green vineyards with a lush cover-crop, the berries are small, rich and concentrated. It’s got an elegant, discrete nose, reminiscent of freshly mashed cherries. The palate is bright and generous, the loam being noticeable. As the fruit evolves towards crisp blue and black berries, notes of aromatic chlorophyll bring a pleasant freshness – yet again! – and the mineral aftertaste stays hanging for long seconds… Destemmed, rather infused than macerated, aged in large oak vessels with no racking or topping, the wine carries the resulting elegance and refinement with it in the bottle. So much so that I could easily grab another glass.
– Verkostungsnotiz von Edouard Thrones, www.thewinestache.com