Ochota Barrels 5VOV Chardonnay
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PRODUCER: 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 most amazing wine and surf regions, Taras and Amber Ochota conceived the idea to make beautiful holistic wines back home in South Australia.
WINEMAKING: Taras takes a hands-off, minimum-intervention approach to winemaking: he picks early to maintain natural acidity, ferments using indigenous yeasts, whole-bunch presses the whites, and uses whole-bunch fermentation and longer maceration for the reds. Texture is an important focus, mouth-feel is created via time on skins and batonnage. Aging is in old French oak, just a touch of sulphur is used at bottling. The wines are mouthwatering, they have a compelling energy and nervous tension. In Taras' own words "We just want to produce something delicious and gorgeous for all of us to enjoy with none of the nasties and more of the love".
TASTING NOTES: Oatmeal, lemon curd and nectarine intensity are typical characteristics of this bio-dynamic vineyard. But holding it in its mouth watering state is the complexity of brioche and white flesh stone fruits are the layered textural elements.