Ochota The Fugazi Grenache 2022
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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: Grapes are sourced from the Fugazi vineyard, planted with 66 year-old dry farmed bush vines on the Blewitt Springs ridge. Berries are tiny and yields are miniscule. Soils are ironstone and gravel infused red clay. Grapes are handpicked at dawn and undergo a cold soak before fermenting naturally with gentle hand plunging. Wine spends 90 days on skins with 80% whole bunches, and is then basket pressed and transferred to seasoned barriques for 6 months (with sporadic batonnage for the first 2 months). Wine is bottled unfined and unfilteterd, with minimal additions of sulphur.
TASTING NOTES: A fragrant thread of wild herbs, fennel seed and charcuterie is underpinned with raspberry, violets and Asian spice. Finely grained tannins a long, succulent, and savoury finish. A very pure expression of Grenache.