2019 Ochota Barrels A Sense of Compression Grenache

McLaren Vale, SA

The cult favourite Ochota Barrels / Maynard James Keenan collaboration. Beautiful Grenache tricked up with some Gewurztraminer skins.


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About The Wine

The 2013 incarnation of this wine was a work between Taras Ochota and Maynard Keenan of US Supergroup, Tool.

After they established a friendship at Keenan's winery in Arizona, the sharing of both musical and vinous ideas culminated in this cult hero wine collaboration.

Though Maynard wasn't directly involved in this issue, he still consults on the project and Taras has kept it true to the philosophy, though constantly refining the style.

Old vine Grenache. A twist of Gewurz. Just one barrel made. For those of you who love a wine with a story, this is good as they come...

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
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From The Producer

This is a wine which is all about the love of the craft…..and scratching that creative itch.

Back in 2013 Maynard had a chat with Taras about how he approached making wine of elegance and femininity from grapes that grow in a warmer climate, considering he grows grapes in freekn Arizona. The 2012 fugazi grenache was the catalyst during a ‘research and development’ session with Ronnie Sanders of Vine Street Imports and a few other colourful music/wine guzzling characters on a deck overlooking the mountain ranges high up in a little town called Jerome.

Then….in 2014

A perfect circle was playing Adelaide in February… TOOL were then back not long after in May…. The two collaboators of this elixir thought hmmmm….. Good timing!….lets make something together in Feb and we can press it in May?

Maynard suggested ‘Let’s co-ferment it with something crazy’ which was bizarre as Taras had by chance two weeks earlier, frozen a shopping bag full of pressed skins from his weird berries in the woods gewurtztraminer.

Reason…..they just tasted so good I didn’t want our goat getting it all.

A sense of compression was made naturally from certified organic grenache vines planted in 1946. Whole bunches picked early, 20% destemmed with that frozen ball of gewrtz thrown in for a wild fermentation and extended maceration until maynard came back to basket press it straight to 2 seasoned French barriques. It was unfined and unfiltered and bottled within 6 months with no additions besides 35ppm so2 at bottling. Good times were had so the collaboration continues……

Blend : Grenache, Gewurztraminer
ABV : 13.20%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2027
Bottle Size : 750ml

The one-and-only Taras Ochota
The one-and-only Taras Ochota
Basket Range, Adelaide Hills, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

Hyperspace aromatics. Red berries, cherries, flowers and cardamon. It's light and tight and it seduces slowly. Soft silk sheets of tannin. A chomp of fine-knit tannin. It's so smooth and slippery. It's Grenache at its most pretty and ethereal. Wicked wine. - Different Drop Wine Team


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