Tarrington, Henty, South West Victoria
Proprietor: Jennifer and John Nagorcka
Year of Establishment: 1990
Size of Estate: 3.2 hectares
Av. bottles/annum: 4,000

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Jennifer and John Nagorcka began the development of Hochkirch in 1990. A high density planting pattern was implemented, with a low fruiting wire to take advantage of soil warmth in the growing season, and the focus was placed on Pinot Noir (4.5 hectares), with lesser quantities of Riesling (1.5 hectares), Cabernet Sauvignon (one hectare), Semillon and Shiraz (0.5 hectares each).

 

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

 

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. All vines are on own roots with no rootstocks at all used in the vineyard.


 

VINES

hochkirch

Size
8 hectares
% of your production
80%
Owned
Harvested by hand
Dry farmed
Soil/s
Gravelly basalt loam over clay
Varieties planted
Pinot Noir, syrah, cabernet sauvignon, riesling chardonnay, semillon, sauvignon blanc
Training system
Vertical shoot positioning
Fertilizer
Manure plus biodynamic preparations
Pest control
Minimal copper, sulphur, milk products and casuarina tea
Weed control
Mechanical
When was it converted to natural farming
Certified demeter biodynamic 2003

 

 

 

tarrington

Size
2 hectares
% of your production
20%
Owned
Harvested by hand
Dry farmed
Soil/s
Gravelly basalt loam over clay
Varieties planted
Pinot Noir, chardonnay
Training system
Vertical shoot positioning
Fertilizer
Manure plus biodynamic preparations
Pest control
Minimal copper, sulphur, milk products and casuarina tea
Weed control
Mechanical
When was it converted to natural farming
Certified demeter biodynamic 2010
 
 

Wines

maximus

2012
Variety
Pinot Noir
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Hochkirch
Days of skin contact
30 days
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
18 months in barriques (20% new)
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
70ppm

 

tarrington Pinot Noir

2010
Variety
Pinot Noir
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Tarrington
Days of skin contact
21 days
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
18 months in barriques (20% new)
Wild Yeast
 
Total Sulphites (ppm)
60ppm

tarrington Chardonnay

2014
Variety
Chardonnay
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Tarrington
Days of skin contact
1 days
Filtered
No
Fined
Bentonite
Elevage
1 month in stainless steel then 6 months in new barrels
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
75ppm

Hochkirch Riesling

2015
Variety
Riesling
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Hochkirch
Days of skin contact
3 days
Filtered
No
Fined
Bentonite
Elevage
8 months in stainless steel
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
70 ppm

Hochkirch Syrah

2012
Variety
Syrah
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Hochkirch
Days of skin contact
21 days
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
18 months in old barriques
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
80 ppm