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2020 Ochota Barrels Botanicals of the Basket Range

Adelaide Hills, SA

A wild witch's brew of grapes and botanicals. One of the freakier creations from the Ochota Barrels wine studio.

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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 2020 vintage is added to egg69 aand ferment as one big happy family. Then Taras & Amber go picking.

Within 44 meters of their wine studio, they pick a bunch of different botanicals from his property. Everything from wormwood and sage, rosemary, lemon verbena, marigold and rose petal. Taras then 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 & Amber in a bottle. It is their passions, their fruits, their home, 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.

Winemaker Taras Ochota
Winemaker Taras Ochota
Basket Range, SA
Additional Info

From The Producer

so….throughout this entire vintage a continuous ferment was kept alive in egg69 by bleeding off privileged portions from the more feminine ferments destined to be shaped into our other wines….amber then took her little cane basket and carefully cut her favourite botanicals she has growing in the gardens below our vineyard …. a bouquet garni was created and then gently submerged into this elixir…. some of the botanicals infused were…. sage….chamomile….lavender….lemon verbena….thyme….wormwood….marigold + rose petal….

Blend : It's complicated
ABV : 12.00%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2023
Bottle Size : 750ml

Taras Ochota
Taras Ochota
Basket Range, SA
Expert 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

DDS review

"from foraged and grown botanicals collected by the Ochota family and then immersed in a wine built from a mixture of different ferments. Unfortified. Aromatised wine. This is the brightest, freshest, liveliest release of this sort-of-wine yet. Gather a posse, chill it to the bone, consume at pace. Very herby, pure-feeling, faintly sweet but then very dry to finish. Lots of fennel, sage, mint in this. So fine and frisky. Super stuff here." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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