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2018 Ochota Barrels Botanicals of the Basket Range

Adelaide Hills, SA

A wild botanical witch's brew from the garden and wine studio of Taras Ochota.

$40.00

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About

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 2017 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 600 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.

Taras Ochota working his magic
Taras Ochota working his magic
Basket Range, SA
Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

A bushel of herbs. A mosh pit of smells and flavours. The mind boggles. It is just under medium bodied and feels as refreshing as a herbal tea or some strange health drink. Flavour is somewhere along the red and blue fruit spectrum but hard to pin down. The picked herbs stampede through the finish. There's grapefruit, pepper, a medicinal kick. It might even be closer to a white wine in terms of drinking experience. A little early grey tea. Don't know if that even does it justice. Just try it for yourself. - Different Drop Wine Team

Additional Info

From The Producer

Handpicked throughout February and March
Wild whole bunch fermentation with juice all vintage
Infused with a bouquet garni of homegrown botanicals
Basket pressed to 2 seasoned French barriques
Unfined and unfiltered
No additions besides 20ppm so2 at bottling

Blend : It's complicated
ABV : 13.7%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2023
Bottle Size : 750ml

Ochota Barrels - hand made
Ochota Barrels - hand made
Basket Range, SA
Shipping

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