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2017 Ochota Barrels Fugazi Grenache 1.5L

McLaren Vale, SA

Perhaps the most tightly-wound vintage of Fugazi Grenache to date. A beautiful thing.

$90.00

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Categories: Magnums, Ochota Barrels
About
The taut nervous tension of compact red currents and Satsuma plum fills the mid-palate with mouth-watering red berry intensity.

Taras Ochota, Owner/Winemaker

About the Wine

Taras Ochota's wines have an air of rebellion about them - constantly challenging the status quo. He combines hands-off winemaking with a meticulous attention to detail and has been creating some of South Australia’s most interesting wines of the last few years.

His Fugazi Grenache is a wine that was ahead of its time. It set the tone for a more elegant, pure-fruited, medium-bodied style of McLaren Vale Grenache which is definitely in vogue at the moment.

The 2017 release is astoundingly complex and taut with a sense of youth and vitality. It may be the most delicate and profound release of this wine to date.

A Grenache with a pure heart and a rock and roll soul.

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, SA
Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

"A fragrant thread of wild herbs, fennel seed and charcuterie is underpinned with raspberry, violets and Asiatic spice. The taut nervous tension of compact red currents and Satsuma plum fills the mid-palate with mouth-watering red berry intensity. Finely grained tannins position this svelte, fleshy, and measured weight of forest cherries and persimmon into a long succulent and savoury finish." - Taras Ochota

Additional Info

From The Producer

6969 hand numbered bottles produced from 70 year old dry grown bush vines on the Blewitt Springs ridge - tiny berries and a miniscule yield.

Viticulture

Planted in 1947 on ironstone and gravel infused red clay

North facing unirrigated bush vines organically farmed

Handpicked early March

Winemaking

Cold soaked until wild yeast fermentation until dry.

Gently hand plunged.

6-80 days on skins and stalks with 80% whole bunches in half tonne fermenters.

Basket pressed to seasoned (5-10 yo) French barriques for 6 months.

Sporadic batonnage for the first 2 months.

Unfined and unfiltered and no additions besides minmimal SO2 at bottling.

Carefully gravity racked.

Blend : Grenache (100%)
ABV : 12.2%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 1.5L

Taras Ochota
Taras Ochota
Basket Range, SA
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