The Ochota Barrels tale began on a surf trip, late 2000 along the Mexican west coast in a Volkswagen campervan. A final destination after traveling some of the world’s best wine and surf regions, Taras and Amber Ochota conceived the idea to make super premium wines back home in South Australia. The concept was to concentrate on the zenith variety of Mclaren Vale (Grenache) and the Barossa Valley (Shiraz), find an exceptional old vineyard site in each region and create plush, small batch, single vineyard wines.
With the winery situated in Lenswood, and steep, high altutude, cool climate, north facing burgundian cloned Chardonnay over a rock base of quartz and ironstone, at 550 meters above sea level......hello!!!?
The 2017 growing season was one of the coldest on record. We had quite a wet spring, which made shoot and bunch thinning of the utmost importance to reduce crop and ensure ample bunch exposure to sunlight. The sugar accumulation during ripening was ideal for producing such an elegant Grenache Rosé.
The grapes were hand-picked on the 20th March (fruit day), and yielded 8 tonnes per hectare. As much as we pick on sugar/acid balance, and importantly physiological characters, we also consider the biodynamic calendar where possible, with fruit days and flower days being the most desirable for harvest, and root days avoided.
We pick our bush vine Grenache early in the season capturing the pink lady apple crunchiness of the skins, leading to a very pale coloured, elegant and dry style of Rosé. Grenache displays delicate rose hip and strawberry aromas with a juicy crisp palate.
WINE COMPOSITION: 100% Grenache
REGION: Estate grown in Kangarilla, McLaren Vale, SA
WINEMAKING: Hand picked, wild yeast ferment, whole bunch pressed. Kept on lees for a couple of months, mixing weekly.
Our young Grenache bush vines are dry grown, and pruned to very low bud numbers to ensure a modest yield. These two blocks are grown on Sandy Ironstone outcrops, and produce a slightly lighter and more fragrant version of our old vines.
The vineyard is certified Biodynamic (certification # 11587) with Australian Certified Organic. We have quite a practical approach, with our philosophy focused around healthy and alive soil. This involves the use of compost and biodynamic preparations, use of sheep in winter to graze under vine, and minimal mechanical soil disruption. There is no use of synthetic herbicides or fungicides.
REGION: Kangarilla, McLaren Vale, SA
VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 100% Grenache
VINE AGE: 10 year-old vines
ELEVATION: 160m above sea level
VITICULTURALIST: Michael Lane
T.A.: 5.5 g/L
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 2.5g/L (Dry)
WINEMAKER: Peter Fraser
CASES: 480 cases
A dress of very pale pink . An expressive nose and end reveals floral notes and spice blending harmoniously . The mouth is a subtle balance of finesse , roundness and acidity.