the hatch 2019 'Lifecycle of a Hobo'
Müller-Thurgau is a white grape variety (sp. Vitis vinifera) which was created by Hermann Müller from the Swiss Canton of Thurgau in 1882. It is a crossing of Riesling with Madeleine Royale. This grape been created from a desire to harness qualities in two separate grapes and to generate a new vine that combines the qualities of both. Knowledge is power, but what does this have to do with me and my busy lifestyle you might be asking ? Now to you I ask, lifestyle or lifecycle?
In the advent of the BC wine industry, grapes like Muller-Thurgau (a class of grapes now refereed to as ‘hybrids’ were all the rage. They were suitable to our climate, and produced prodigious yields yet were looked upon as 2nd class citizens of the wine world even then. In the 80s and 90s, as we modernized our wine industry these workhouse grapes were especially scorned and were systematically eradicated from the valley. But what was old is now new again, and the few remaining patches of now noble and old vines have been rediscovered and revived, with an onus on capturing the unique spirit these varieties can express when treated with care and respect.
That is how you become a hobo, and that is why we are celebrating the ‘lifecycle’ of this grape variety while we still can.
Relive the glory days of New Zealand wines circa 1972 with our very own Muller-Thurgau and our debut release of the Lifecycle of a hobo! Muller-Thurgau, also known as Rizvanac Bijeli!
'This Hobo wine springs from 37 year old müller-thurgau grapes growing peacefully in a single vineyard in East Kelowna near CedarCreek. Back in the day when the future seemed inevitable, this early-ripening, perfumed variety was planted in favour of riesling, a grape many thought wouldn’t ripen so far north. Fast forward to 2018. It is riesling-like after all, with its floral, orchard fruit nose and crisp fruit that provides a cage for all the peachy, apricot, green fruit filling the palate before finishing dry with a touch of bitterness. Müller-Thurgau is a white grape variety (Vitis vinifera) created by Hermann Müller from the Swiss Canton of Thurgau in 1882. It is a crossing of riesling with madeleine royale. 87 points' - Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine Sept 6 2019