About the Wine
The attention to detail in the Ochota Barrels wine studio is so clear when you see wines like this excellent Chardonnay.
The +5VOV Chardonnay is a wine made from a small parcel of fruit from a small, organically farmed vineyard in the Basket Range of the Adelaide Hills. The fruit is split into two batches, each seeing a different amount of time on skins and then weekly lees stirring before being finally gently bottled with the help of gravity.
It's delicately made but incredibly powerful, the fruit absolutely singing in 2017. This is a step up in intensity from the Slint Chardonnay, a more commanding wine.
With only 50 dozen made, this won't last long.
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.