2018 Ochota Barrels Slint Chardonnay

Adelaide Hills , SA

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

$40.00

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About

About The Wine

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.

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

About Ochota Barrels

The term “rockstar winemaker” gets thrown around a lot these days but Taras Ochota, owner/purveyor of cult wine label Ochota Barrels, is the real deal.

His grungy, minimalist attitude towards his label has seen him gain huge cult status internationally as one of the most boundary pushing “conceptual” winemakers in Australia. From his home in the beautiful Basket Range of the Adelaide Hills, Taras and his wife Amber craft small batches of wine from surrounding vineyards in the Hills and special sites across McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley.

These are highly sought after and extremely limited wines which have a pulsating energy and drive to them. Some of the country's most exciting wines, no doubt.

Taras Ochota working his magic
Taras Ochota working his magic
Basket Range, Adelaide Hills, SA
Additional Info

From the Producer

Handpicked late February

The vineyard is a steep, high altitude (550m), cool climate, north facing burgundian cloned block in Lenswood with a rock base of quartz and ironstone.

Basket pressed with full solids straight to seven seasoned troncais barriques and a new chassin puncheon.

Indigenous yeast fermentation

Full MLF

Weekly batonnage for 18 weeks

No fining or filtering

Settled and carefully gravity racked

No additions besides minimal SO2 at bottling

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 12.80%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2024
Bottle Size : 750ml

The one-and-only Taras Ochota
The one-and-only Taras Ochota
Basket Range, Adelaide Hills, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

"A tightly wound cool climate chardonnay which leads with mouth-watering grapefruit and nectarine. Mealy granny smith apples and a fine-tuning of grilled hazelnuts and honeysuckle spice sets the foundation for the almost nettle like svelte texture. Aromatically evolving between gun flint, bee’s wax and maya lemon rind. The palate is taut and precise, and finishes long with powerful elegance." - Taras Ochota

93Points
The Wine Front

"Golden colour. Crunchy Nut Cornflakes®, spice, nectarine, smoky cap gun, ripe grapefruit. It’s silky and fluid, but flinty and sharp too, a briny tang through oatmeal, wheat germ and white peach. Savoury and saline, a very ‘adult’ take on Chardonnay with complexity built in early, and a fine chalky finish of good length. Some umami flavours recalling good sake, I’d suggest. Unrepentant a good way to describe it. I like drinking it." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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