2016 Ochota Barrels Slint Chardonnay

Region:Adelaide Hills (Lenswood) , SA

Style:Medium Bodied

Producer:Ochota Barrels

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Tightly wound Chardonnay from one of the highest sites in the Adelaide Hills.

RRP $40.00


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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 lean, 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. Textured but steely to its core, this is a compelling modern Australian Chardonnay.

What it Tastes Like

More generosity this year but it's still dialled in pretty tight. Lots going on. Grapefruit and nectarine peel in the fold, a hint of tart yellow peach and bright green apples. The mouthfeel is awesome. The core is all steely, slatey, minerals overlaid by a gentle leesy creaminess. Citrus and granny smiths with some crunch and tang. Add a bit of spice and honey. Textured but focused and a long easy coast through the end.


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Ochota Barrels owner/winemakers Taras & Amber Ochota