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2020 Ochota Barrels Mark of Cain Pinot Meunier

Adelaide Hills, SA

Crunchy, electric Pinot Meunier from the punk-rock wine maestro, Taras Ochota.

$40.00

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About The Wine

The Mark of Cain is a flat out scrumptious pixie of a red.

This is a small batch of Pinot Meunier from the Adelaide Hills. Named for a punk band Taras once toured with in his previous life, it's as light and feathery as anything that's come out of the Ochota Barrels stable to date. 

It's all ruby grapefruit, white strawberry, a light crunch of tannin. A more ethereal version of the variety would be hard to find.

Made in tiny amount, this moreish Meunier won't be available for long. 

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

Planted on heavy clay and granite in 1985 and farmed organically
Handpicked mid March
Destemmed with 10% whole bunches and a few handfuls of stalks
Gentle cap submersion once a day for 15 days
Pressed to seasoned French barriques
Unfined and unfiltered
No additions besides 40ppm so2 at bottling

Blend : Pinot Meunier (100%)
ABV : 11.60%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2024
Bottle Size : 750ml

Taras Ochota
Taras Ochota
Basket Range, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

"From a vineyard planted in 1985, an original vineyard that was grafted to sauvignon blanc, then ungrafted back to original vineyard, hence meunier, noir and gamay come to the party. Here meunier only. Pale ruby colour. Vibrant looking thing. Lively, delightful, pretty red, dried herbs and earth, strong graphite minerally notes, some dried, bitter, woody herbs in the mix of rose hip tea fruitiness. Elemental and savoury." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

DDS review

"This chimeric mutation of pinot noir is simply about pink florals in spring. There are elements of freshly baked vosges mountain cherry cake with an estery core dotted with fennel seed, almond meal, rhubarb and frijola. The palate drive is from crunchy whole bunch natural acidity. The ochota trademark of tightly wound fine tannins wrapped in a core of pulsing bright red berries. Succulent with the mid palate holding length and energy." - Taras Ochota

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