Andrew Guard

2021 Hochkirch, 'Maximus' Pinot Noir

It’s been a while since running through the range of Hochkirch wines and the reminder is, simply put, these are some of the best wines in Australia. Individual, pure, beautiful, complex, and supreme overall. Remind yourself too.

It’s kind of understated but also offers layers and layers of complexity. Symphonic. Scents are sweet fruited, spicy, herbal, faintly meaty and nutty, flavours similarly so with fine tannins in a sheath lending gentle pucker and tension. It’s sits in the palate with ultimate palate-refreshing succulence, persistence and detail. Magnificent wine that topples the standard bearers, this is the real deal, honest, pure, fleshy and rich with the grape variety’s best attributes on show.

Rated : 96 Points - Mike Bennie,
Tasted : FEB23
Alcohol : 12.5%

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. The vines are not irrigated and no synthetic fungicides, pesticides or fertilizers are used; currently the Nagorckas are certified bio-dynamic by Demeter.