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Ochota Barrels Spring Release Pack

The perfect way to sample the stunning new releases from the one-and-only Ochota Barrels!  EXTREMELY LIMITED.

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About The Pack

If you're an Ochota Barrels collector, or new to the unique wines of winemaker Taras Ochota, then this pack is the perfect way to sample for yourself why these are some of the most sought-after cult wines in the country.

Taras is one of the country's most innovative but precise winemakers, and this release is another exciting chapter in the Ochota Barrels story.

The 2020 vintage was obviously a trying one for those in the Adelaide Hills. Sadly, the bushfires took their pound of flesh from the growers that Taras works with. This means there is some shuffling of the deck with fruit sources and wines this year. But rest assured, each and every wine in this suite is pretty, pure, and pulsating with energy. Mike Bennie's excellent, detailed notes on the wines bare this out.

These wines sell out in a matter of weeks each year, and there is much less Ochota Barrels to go around this year.  Get in and get your Ochota Barrels while stocks last!

2020 Ochota Barrels Weird Berries in Woods Gewurztraminer

Taras Ochota has a particular affinity with Gewürztraminer. In his wine studio, he plays with it as an accent. A splash here, some skins there. Making some of his best red wines come to life.

The  Weird Berries in the Woods is a unique offering. When asked what he does to the fruit in the winery, Taras says, “Whatever they teach you to do when making aromatic whites, I just go and do the opposite”. The opposite works.

He wants the fruit to ripen at different times, making some of the berries ripe and juicy, some lean and crunchy. All adding a little something different to the overall 'feel'. Basket pressed, some old wood used as a fermenting vessel and as usual, the wildest of ferments.

This is wonderful Gewürz, full of character, personality and a little mystery.

"Barrel and lees work here. Daily barrel rolling too. Kiwi fruit and gooseberry tartness, citrusy tang, some leafy green herbs. Tight and tar, lively and fresh but with a slipperiness inherent too, puckering finish with bitter-herbal tonic-like character, faintest ashy-earthy note. Very delicious, easy to drink." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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2020 Ochota Barrels Surfer Rosa Rose

You know summer is on it's way when Taras Ochota rocks in with his Surfer Rosa.

This is a Rosé wine made from an organically farmed block of Pinot Noir in the Adelaide Hills with a splash of Grenache from the same block as the Green Room.

Here, Taras picks the fruit a little earlier, while the berries are bristling with acid, blushed with colour from the Australian sun.

This is ready and raring to tackle any Sunday afternoon.

This wine makes you feel like grabbing a board and heading for the ocean.

It's a simple, straight-up Rosé. And sometimes, the simple things in life are the best.

"This wine has traditionally been from the Green Room Vineyard, from the fringes of the site where the fruit is abundant, this is the second time that pinot noir (40% and from Adelaide Hills) is an inclusion to grenache. Pale salmon pink colour. Fruity, fresh, fruit forward, stacks of crispy crunch with a little sweeter berried fruit character in the tart tang of acidity and finishes a little sweet char to finish. Vibrant, clean and refreshing. Quite simple, but excellent in its minimalism." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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2020 Ochota Barrels Texture Like Sun Sector 7

In classic Taras style, there is nothing 'classic' about this blend. It's a playful bits 'n' pieces blend of Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer, & Syrah which is wicked to drink.

The blend sounds weird but as the name suggests (a line from a song at Taras and Amber's wedding), this is all about texture. This is less about the varieties and more about the final product, a kind of 'greater than the sum of its parts' scenario.

It's a wine made without a second thought of convention. Throw out the rule book and make something awesome and just like its namesake song, it's a wine that will just get stuck in your head.

Spring is almost here, here's a little sunshine in a bottle to kick things off.

"A blend of everything, pretty much, shaped into a very light, fresh red, or, a heavier rose. Sour cherry, pomegranate scents, sprigs of herbs, light dusting of pepper. Juiciness in texture, brisk acidity coursing through just-ripe strawberry fruit character. Nice twist of amaro-like bitterness through the wine, and finishing it too. Great drinking, deserves a chill." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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2020 Ochota Barrels The Green Room Grenache

The Green Room Grenache is a fresh look at Grenache from the Onkaparinga Hills.

The Grenache from a vineyard planted in 1946 is the focal point of this piece. Most of the fruit is whole bunch pressed with the fruit spending up to 88 days on skins.

Got a whole lotta skins. The detail here is mesmerising.

Phenolics, clean natural acid and palate tension are the rhythm section of the wine, with floral highlights and bright fruit making up the melody and harmonics.

This is a young, vibrant, dazzling version of McLaren Vale Grenache which just gets better every year.

"Off a McLaren Vale vineyard planted in the mid-1940s. Shimmering garnet colour, white strawberry and cherry juice, crisp tannins, faint dusting of spice, chewy texture through great length, mouth-watering and cool finish. Easy drinking style but with tension, fine detail and delicacy. Very beautiful." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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2020 Ochota Barrels Mark of Cain Pinot Meunier

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. 

"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)

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2020 Ochota Barrels Where's The Pope? Syrah

A new wine enters the Ochota Barrels fray from 2020, the criptically named Where's the Pope? Syrah.

This comes from younger vines planted in 1996 on the Green Room Grenache vineyard in McLaren Vale.

Of course, it's not your run of the mill McLaren Vale Shiraz, it comes with all the perfume, lift and energy that you expect from the wines of Taras and Amber.

Prettiness is not a character you would typically use to describe Shiraz from this region, however Taras gets there with a gentle hand, some soft foot-stomping and a short time in old barrels.

It's lively, fresh and super silky to drink. McLaren Vale Shiraz at its most elemental. Delicious stuff.

"From a vineyard planted in 1996 on schist soils in McLaren Vale. Aimed at sitting at a different style to the I Am The Owl syrah, which is more structured/serious, per se. Sweet berries, sweet herbs, green peppery, undergrowth characters, anise notes. Pretty perfume. Sloshes into the palate joyously, a sheath of fine tannins, flinty mineral characters, red berry fruitiness, sour-tangy acidity refreshing to close. Vibrant expression, edgy and great drinking." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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