About The Wine
A unique concept in Australian wine, the Botanicals of the Basket Range takes weird and wonderful to another level.
It starts with a bucket of fruit, then another, until every variety and every region in the Ochota Barrels 2018 vintage is added to egg69 a continuous ferment as one big happy family. Then Taras goes picking.
Within 44 meters of his wine studio, he picks a bunch of different botanicals from his property. Everything from wormwood and sage, to river mint, rosemary, lemon balm and elderflower amongst others. He makes a bouquet garni (basically a giant tea-bag) and dunks it into the witch's brew.
Awesome stuff. Inspired. In a way, this is Taras in a bottle. It is his passions, his fruits, his own patch of the earth, distilled into 588 bottles of wine. It is unique. It is brave and also totally without pretense.
The Botanicals is more than a wine, it is an experience.
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 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. Taras picks earlier than most as a general rule, so expect lighter, more ethereal wines with freshness and 'tension' as a motif.
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 vinous creations, no doubt.