Probably the groundbreaking wine from Australia's most groundbreaking producer. Controversial? yes. But what's not controversial is the quality of the Ochota Barrels product. Minimal intervention winemaking done with meticulous detail.
This is a soft velvety grenache with "taut nervous tension". Wild herbs and violets give way to red currants, plum and red berries. Long succulent finish.
Produced from 72 year old dry-grown bush vines. Meaning tiny berries and tiny yield but maximum concentration of flavour.
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. So much respect for that legend (both of them). 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. Taras played in and toured in a punk rock band in Australia before becoming a rock-star winemaker.