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2018 Ochota Barrels A Forest Pinot Noir

Adelaide Hills, SA

Another alluring release of Taras' 'A Forest'.

$40.00

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About

About The Wine

Taras and Amber Ochota are passionate about Pinot, and this is another excellent release of 'A Forest'.

Taras has approached this wine differently in the last couple of releases - going for a more hands-off and gentle winemaking approach. It's untouched and even more hands-off than what he is usually comfortable with. It's wild fermented, hand-plunged with 85% whole bunches, basket-pressed into seasoned French barriques.

It's unfined and unfiltered with next-to-no sulphur added.

This is an untamed, alluring Pinot full of complexity and intrigue. Not your typical Hills Pinot and absolutely worth trying!

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
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

"A strikingly floral nose of crushed petals and stems sets this liquid’s framework. Garrigue and Nordic forest undergrowth taunts damson fruit, pain d’epice and subtle peaty elements into a convincing show of rusticity. The delicate sappiness holds the taut, yet compact and textural palate in a state of flux, whilst tarry red currents and slightly meaty components enfold long with a savoury egress. Through the experience a medicinal quality flutters, reminiscent of billie hoke, which cannot be ignored by the further travelled. Once opened this wine will move considerably after day one with more flamboyant adjectives that will make this tasting note seem 101 standard issue." - Taras Ochota

93Points
The Wine Front

"Good Pinot Noir, in a Hills are alive with the sound of bunchy, spicy stuff kind of thing. Cherry, strawberry, sap and pepper, aniseed and earth. It’s medium-bodied, offers some sweet-sour flavours (good with pork?), tangy strawberry acidity, powdery tannin, and a good finish tuned up with a smattering of amaro herb. Flavour + energy. A most excellent thing to drink, and I think perhaps the strongest set of Pinot Noir from this producer yet, in 2018?" - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

Additional Info

From The Producer

Clones 777, 114, 115 and D5V12 @ 450m-600m elevation

Fermented separately and cold soaked until wild yeast fermentation

Gently hand plunged

85% whole bunch

Basket pressed to seasoned french barriques and one new chassin

Sporadic barrel rolling for the first 3 months

Unfined and unfiltered

Carefully gravity racked to bottle

No additions besides minimal SO2 at bottling

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
ABV : 12.8%
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
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