2020 Ochota Barrels From The North Mourvedre

Barossa Valley, SA

Moody, spicy, mysterious Mourvedre from the Barossa Valley.


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An intriguing example of what can be done in warm regions at lower alcohol.

Stuart Knox (The Real Review)

About the Wine

The From The North Mourvedre is a dark and smoky, elusive wine.

It's a fine boned version of this Rhone variety, built on a spindly scaffolding, it's vibrant and mid-weight yet there's flavour a-plenty. A fresher and airier version of Mourvedre that doesn't skimp on the raw attitude of the variety. It's delicious stuff./p>

Another string to the already colourful Ochota Barrels bow.

About Ochota Barrels

The term “rockstar winemaker” gets thrown around a lot these days but the late Taras Ochota, owner/purveyor of cult wine label Ochota Barrels, was certainly 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. His wife, Amber, 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 and the Barossa Valley. 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.

The late Taras Ochota working his magic
The late Taras Ochota working his magic
Basket Range, SA
Additional Info

From the Producer

Cold soaked for about 5 days until wild yeast fermentation
Gently pigeaged on top/carbonic maceration below
12 days on skins and stalks
Basket pressed to seasoned French barriques for 3 months
Unfined and unfiltered
No additions besides 20ppm SO2 at bottling

Blend : Mourvedre (100%)
ABV : 12.4%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2028

The late Taras Ochota
The late Taras Ochota
Basket Range, SA
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Critic Reviews

Halliday Wine Companion

"Not unexpectedly, Barossa mourvèdre at 12.4% released in its harvest year is exactly in line with this maker's mindset, aimed at uncovering the more earthy groundswell of savoury characters within. There's olive tapenade, rare-meat drippings with a dash of fennel, yet appealing crunchy cherry fruit as well. A nicely tuned coat of tannin levels the wine out and finishes long and encouragingly." - Tony Love (Halliday Wine Companion)

The Real Review

"Medium to ruby core with a bright purple rim. Bay leaf, red cherries, cola and saucisson aromatics. Bright and fresh red and dark fruits on the palate with lavender, mountain herbs and cured-meats layered underneath. Has a sense of air and light, which feels more south of France than Barossa. Dusty tannins and a fruit tingle acidity adds to that sense of crunch. An intriguing example of what can be done in warm regions at lower alcohol." - Stuart Knox (The Real Review)

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Dark fruit - a true delight

A wine to sit by the fire with, dark forest fruits with anise/liquorice finishing note.

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