About The Wine
The 'One Eight Six' Ochota Barrels Grenache is Taras's much-loved Fugazi Grenache turned up a notch or two (or 186).
It comes from the same Blewitt Springs parcel of Grenache fruit as the Fugazi, but on skins for a massive 186 days. The texture in the mouth here is sublime. It's as ethereal as Grenache gets. A ballistically good option if you're converting Pinotphiles into Grenache lovers.
There was precious little made of this wine in 2019 - but what was made is stunning. Our allocation was unfortunately tiny.
For Grenache lovers, this is a must try.
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.