|Grape/Varietal : Pinot, Grenache, Riesling, Field-Blend||Color : Red|
|Origin : Australia||Bottle Size : 75cl|
|Region : McLaren Vale||ABV : 12.7%|
|Vintage : 2018||Natural Factor: 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.”
In classic Taras style, there is nothing 'classic' about this blend. It's a playful bits 'n' pieces blend of Pinot Noir, Grenache, Gamay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Meunier, Fragola, Riesling, and Chardonnay which is wicked to drink.
The blend sounds weird but as the name suggests (a line from a song at Taras and Amber's wedding), this is all about texture. This is less about the varieties and more about the final product, a kind of 'greater than the sum of its parts' scenario.
It's a wine made without a second thought of convention. Throw out the rule book and make something awesome and just like its namesake song, it's a wine that will just get stuck in your head.
Spring is almost here, here's a little sunshine in a bottle to kick things off.
Pairs Well With:
Fatima Yamaha - What's a girl to do