I'm letting the Ochota fam detail the story behind this beauty:
in 1985 three clones of gamay were planted high up in the piccadilly valley
a few years later due to its unpopularity they were grafted to chardonnay.
it wasn’t until 2013 that Taras convinced his grower mate sam to chainsaw off the chardonnay grafts and bring back canes from the gamay rootstock evolving from there, cuttings were taken of these three clones and grafted on established vines in sam’s quartz-laden woodside vineyard, planted on a former gold mine, a crop picked in 2019, bushfire in 2020, and finally a beautiful harvest in 2021
a tightly wound classic example of gamay which shows medicinal fragrance, savoury spiced red currants that has a polished mineral palate that is lithe, dense yet elegant in its long and pure finish
A mix of extended maceration and carbonic ferments. Destemmed and whole bunch.
Pressed to seasoned french barriques and puncheons.
6433 bottles produced.
In the words of Amber Ochota "Taras made these wines with the same amount of love, passion and laughter that he always had for everything he did. Enjoy them with people you adore".
Order limits apply for all of our Ochota Barrels wines.
Ochota Barrels is a legendary winery by husband and wife team Taras and Amber Ochota, based out of the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. Unfortunately, the wine world lost one of it's absolute gems in Taras in 2020 but Amber has picked it all up and plugged the giant hole with love and support like only a good wife and mother can (with support from Taras's father). So much respect for that legend (both). The wines and the Ochota brand represent a turning point for Australian wines in many ways, a shift to natural philosophies but always bringing fun, laughs and freshness. I will always treasure the brief moments I spent talking to Taras as milestones on my wine journey. Not to mention the impact of the wines themselves.
All the wines are named in some way in tribute to punk rock bands and songs, see if you can pick where from. Taras played in and toured in a punk rock band in Australia before becoming a rock-star winemaker.