The catchy name is based on five sisters who are the third generation of the Byrne family, with a history going back to the family's home in Ireland. The sisters are known as the Patrick Byrne girls, and the wines are a tribute to the strong women of the family, and the rogues they married. Winemaker/proprietor Marnie Roberts (also Claymore winemaker) is, one assumes, one of the strong women.
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!!!?
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.