Hochar Père et Fils is sourced from specially selected vineyards near the village of Aana in the Bekaa Valley, characterised by deep, gravelly soil over a limestone base. Low yields (25-30 hectolitres per hectare) result in concentrated wines and the altitude keeps the average yearly temperatures at around 25 º C, encompassing cold, snowy winters, mild springs and hot summers.
The 2012 vintage is a blend of Cinsault (45%), Grenache (25%), Carignan (10%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (10%). The grapes were fermented between 27 º C to 30 º C, with 15-30 days maceration in cement vats, followed by 9 months in French Nevers oak barrels. It was blended in the spring of 2014 and bottled later in the same year.
The 2012 vintage of Hochar Red is in fact dominated by the sweetness of the Grenache even though it only accounts for a quarter of the overall blend. This wine has a bright crimson colour – a lovely depth of berry fruit on the nose and the palate is full and broad with layers of fruit and spice, cherries, raspberries and liquorice aromatics. Lovely purity with depth of fruit and a long, firm finish. It will benefit from being decanted and served at between 16-18 º C. Cellared in a steady environment, it will age for at least a decade from the harvest.