Hochkirch Wines

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About This Vineyard

Jennifer and John Nagorcka have developed Hochkirch in response to the very cool climate: growing season temperatures are similar to those in Burgundy. A high-density planting pattern was implemented, with a low fruiting wire taking advantage of soil warmth in the growing season, and the focus was placed on organic pinot noir (4.5 ha), with lesser quantities of organic riesling, cabernet sauvignon, semillon and shiraz.

The vines are not irrigated, and farmed with biodynamics, so no synthetic fungicides, pesticides or fertilisers are used. Hochkirch vineyard lies on a north facing slope 250 m. above sea level along an elevated plateau running southwest from Dunkeld at the foot of the Grampians in far south west Victoria. Terrain is gently undulating with the Grampians commanding attention to the north. The vineyard is bounded to the south by a roadway and elsewhere adjoins our biodynamic farm which also produces Demeter wool, meat and grain.

Semillon was first planted in 1990 with further plantings in 1997. All vines are on own roots with no rootstocks at all used in the vineyard. Redbrown basalt loam over stony gravel defers to clay at depth. Naturally our vines are not irrigated in this cold climate with ample spring/summer rainfall. High density planting (2000-2500/acre) with closely spaced vines, manual cane pruning and strict control of yield produces a low yield per vine (ca 500g) and allows an optimal crop to languidly ripen during the balmy days and cold nights of autumn.

Biodynamic vineyard management uses careful observation of natures rhythms including lunar and planetary cycles, and natural preparations to nurture and enliven the earths soil allowing a balanced healthy and productive vineyard ecosystem, with complete avoidance of synthetic chemicals and poisons. 2003 marks our first year of Demeter certified production.

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Hamilton Highway
+61 3 5573 5200
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