Christoph Hoch is the twelfth generation of his family to make wine. Seriously- the estate was started in 1640. For someone with that much history to draw on, Hoch's wines are anything but traditional. There is a palpable "mad scientist" vibe going on here, but the wines are unique and delicious at every turn. Hoch treats every single barrel as if it were a completely different wine.
This rosé is made from the Zweigelt grape, which is the most widely planted red variety in Austria. Hoch primarily makes sparkling wines, so he harvests his grapes very early to preserve acidity. Consequently this wine comes in at only 9.5% alcohol, but has really lovely flavors of strawberry, salty minerals, and a sort of watermelon rind taste that is completely refreshing to my palate.
A little off the beaten path, I grant you, but totally rewarding in its own way. 100% Zweigelt. Serve very cold.