|Grape/Varietal : Chardonnay||Color : White|
|Origin : Australia||Bottle Size : 75cl|
|Region : McLaren Vale||ABV : 12.4%|
|Vintage : 2016||Natural Factor: Natural, Organic, Unfiltered|
Ochota Barrels is based in Lenswood, in the cool high altitude climate of Adelaide Hills. Taras and Amber Ochota conceived of Ochota Barrels as a way to produce small batch super premium single vineyard wines sourced from magnificent old vineyard sites in McLaren Vale, Barossa and Adelaide Hills. Both are accomplished winemakers who have travelled and worked in California, Italy and Sweden. In Australia Taras worked at Two Hands and Nepenthe.
Their winemaking approach is minimalist. Hand harvested organic fruit is partially whole bunch basket pressed, fermented with native yeast, bottled unfined and unfiltered, with minimal sulfur. Taras takes a less is more approach to winemaking and infuses his background and love for music into his wines in both a literal and figurative sense. Literally the majority of the wines are named after favorite bands/songs (Shellac, Fugazi, Slint, I am the Owl, etc.). Figuratively Taras says that "Music and wine are so connected in so many ways, I reckon you can often see the styles of music people like in the wines they make. I like edgy music, rawer, sharper, and my wines tend to be all elbows and knees sticking out. Someone else might like folk music, and they make rustic, countryesque wines. And then you get mainstream big production wines that taste like music that’s been overdubbed and Auto-Tuned and had things taken out and put back in.”
When Taras and Amber Ochota found their dream winery in Lenswood, Adelaide Hills, it came complete with a block of “north facing Burgundian cloned Chardonnay over a rock base of quartz and ironstone, at 550 meters above sea level.”. The perfect site to make a cool climate Chardonnay.
This tightly wound and razor-sharp style of Chardonnay falls perfectly into the fold with the other “compressed” wines of the Ochota Barrels range.
The Slint sees, almost exclusively, seasoned oak barrels (only one of the eight barrels made was new), full malo, with bâtonage (lees stirring) which is done weekly for 18 weeks prior to a gentle gravity racking and bottling.
Pairs Well With:
Ahi Poke with Quinoa and Heirloom Tomatoes
Oliver Cheatham - Get down saturday night