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2023 Ochota Barrels 'Texture Like Sun - Sector Red' Red Blend Adelaide Hills

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Winemaker Notes: This is a high-toned Adelaide Hills red with sour cherry, pomegranate, and white pepper aromas. The palate is utterly juicy, with a touch of bitterness from stems, and plenty of dazzling acidity. Drink chilled.

The label may be completely illegible with its utterly lurid and almost painful yellow label. “That’s the idea”, said Taras back in 2018. “It’s something in a clear bottle, released in Spring, nothing to hide, yummy”. This wine has always been about the result and not the components, with each vintage changing quite a bit in the ‘how’s’ and ‘what’s’. The name of the wine is taken from lyrics from the song ‘Golden Brown’ by The Stranglers as it was the song Taras and Amber danced to at their wedding. 2023 marks the third vintage of a new era at Ochota Barrels with Amber taking control in the vineyards and cellar following the tragic passing of her husband Taras. This vintage is a heavily Pinot Noir dominant blend as it was a great year for Adelaide Hills Pinot. Coming off the back of a wet and cold spring and an early cooling summer, a lot of vineyards struggled with ripening especially in the Piccadilly Valley where the majority of this fruit comes from. This allowed for a longer ripening period without the risk of high sugars, leading to a light, juicy and fragrant Adelaide Hills red blend. The fruit was hand-picked with only the best fruit being used. The clusters were kept separate and cold soaked for a few days, then fermentation kicked off naturally in small, open-top fermenters. The fruit was hand plunged multiple times a day over the course of about eight days prior to being basket-pressed to old French barriques for aging. Amber made the barrel selections for the blend after a few months of aging then blended the wines to tank to settle. It was bottled without fining and just a small 35ppm addition of sulfur and pad filtration.

Ochota Barrels, a project started by Taras and Amber Ochota in 2000, is a name that typifies the new wave winemaking scene 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 vivid, highly textured, small batch, single-vineyard wines. Over the years, the regions and vineyards have evolved slightly, but the focus has remained the same. The Ochotas have always taken a less is more approach to winemaking and have infused their love for music into their wines. In fact, the majority of the wines are named after their favorite bands/songs (Fugazi, Slint, I am the Owl, Texture Like Sun, etc.). Taras once said, “I reckon you can often see the styles of music people like in the wines they make. I like edgy music, rawer, sharper, and my wines tend to be all elbows and knees sticking out." After Taras' untimely death in 2020, Amber has continued to make the same minimalist, single-vineyard wines, honoring Taras' dying wish.


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Country Australia
Region Adelaide Hills
Vintage 2023
Winery Ochota Barrels
Grape Varietals Red Blend
Size 750 milliliter
Organic Wine Yes
Natural Wine Yes
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