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 best wine and surf regions, Taras and Amber Ochota conceived the idea to make super premium wines back home 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 plush, small batch, single vineyard wines.
As an Oenology graduate from Adelaide University, Taras developed his craft at wineries such as Two Hands and MSV in the Barossa Valley, renowned for world class Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro. More recently he worked as the European Flying Winemaker, concentrating on the Italian regions, Puglia and Sicily, for the Swedish wine
importing company, Oenoforos. California has also been a regular vintage destination of his, making wines with producers such as Bonnacorsi, Arcadian, Schrader, and Outpost.
The Fugazi Vineyard was allegedly named from a quirk – the post-hardcore punk band Fugazi was playing on Taras and Amber’s car stereo as they arrived at the vineyard, which sits on a rise between the Onkaparinga River Gorge and Blewitt Springs in McLaren Vale. The grapes are handpicked and undergo a 7 day cold soak. 70% wholecluster fermentation occurs naturally without inoculation and the juice spends 82 days on skins! This is a pure expression of Grenache, checking in at a modest 13.8% alcohol even in a riper vintage like 2014.
There’s this definitive fruit sweetness, but the wine doesn’t feel overtly sweet, just a sense of ripeness, some depth of flavour, a slick, almost a smear of flavour across the palate. Perfume is muskspice driven and dark fruited, flavour is rich, but bolstered and lifted by cool acidity and a lightly suede texture. Light pucker to close. Fits the bill of pretty Grenache, with some complexity and succulent flow.