Ochota The Green Room 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: Fewer than 400 cases of this wine are made, from vines planted in 1946. Grapes are handpicked early in the morning from three sites in the western reaches of the Vale. Soils are red loamy clay with ironstone over deep limestone. Fermentation is 65% whole bunch, cold soaked for four days. Fermentation occurs spontaneously and the wine spends 8-23 days on skins, pigeaged and hand plunged daily. It is basket pressed to neutral barrels for 2 months of ageing in old French barriques. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal sulphur.
TASTING NOTES: Lifted spice, Satsuma plum compote and a herbal thread of thyme with white pepper entwine the strikingly fragrant bouquet of bouillon. The palate is opulent yet nervy with medium bodied savoury, (almost Pinot like) finely grained textural components resembling pomegranate and lingonberry.