Ochota Barrels is a label built on passion, quality and farming with humanity, humour and music.... oh and a love of cats. At the front of the minimal intervention wave that shook the Adelaide Hills, the reverberations of which have inspired others to follow.
Working with a slew of small vineyards chosen for their quality, planted out and worked organically with varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot and Grenache forming the core of what Taras and Amber set about creating, delicious wine of impact, whilst leaving minimal impact themselves.
2020 saw the end of a chapter at Ochota Barrels, but not the end of a story. Sadly this was the last vintage that Taras had his hand in, Amber and their children will carry it forward from here with the help of their long time assistant Louis Schoefield.
In 1985 three clones of gamay were in the Piccadilly Valley, a few years later due to its unpopularity they were grafted to chardonnay. It wasn’t until 2013 that Taras convinced his grower mate Sam to chainsaw off the chardonnay grafts and bring back canes from the gamay rootstock evolving from there, cuttings were taken of these three clones and grafted on established vines in Sam’s quartz-laden Woodside vineyard, planted on a former gold mine, a crop picked in 2019, bushfire in 2020, and finally a beautiful harvest in 2021.
This is a wine that is equal parts quizzical and profound. Made in the classic carbonic Beaujolais style, whilst having depth and intensity yet drinks lighter than it appears. Amaro, blood orange, herbaceous, red currants, great typicity yet shifting in its weight to a personality of its own. This is an excellent wine from Amber and Louis that will have you transfixed.