2019 Ochota Barrels I Am The Owl Shiraz

Production for I Am The Owl is down 75% this year. And it's a shame, this is one of the best releases of this wine in years.

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Description

I am the Owl is an edgy wine. Like its namesake song from cult hero band Dead Kennedys, this Syrah has a certain energy to it that is undeniable.

According to Taras, the organically farmed vineyard for the Owl is set deep into loamy soils that mean he never needs to irrigate. He just lets the vineyard do its own thing each year and pick when he thinks it's good to go. 100% whole bunches too.

This is such an interesting style of Syrah. It's sleek and slender but still with lovely mid-palate weight, all sorts of floral, spicy, mineral characters and a certain wildness about it that makes it hard to look away.

Due to hail at flowering, only one-quarter of the usual Owl production was bottled this year. Beautiful cool climate Hills Syrah.

Very low yield organically farmed

Handpicked late March

100% whole bunch

Cold soaked for about 3 days until wild yeast fermentation

Gently pigeaged and hand plunged

6-10 days on skins and stalks

Basket pressed to seasoned French barriques for 6 months

Sporadic batonnage for the first 2 months

Unfined and unfiltered

No additions besides minimal SO2 at bottling

Customer Reviews

Ochota Barrels

Ochota Barrels are the epitome of rockstar wine labels.

The grungy, minimalist attitude that they have towards their wines has seen them gain huge cult status internationally as one of the most boundary-pushing winemakers in Australia. After the passing of Taras, Amber Ochota is now at the helm at her home in the beautiful Basket Range of the Adelaide Hills. Their wines are crafted in small batches, with fruits sourced from surrounding vineyards in the Hills and special sites across McLaren Vale. Taras' legacy of lighter, more ethereal wines live on, 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.

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