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Ochota Barrels The Green Room Grenache Syrah
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Ochota Barrels The Green Room Grenache Syrah 2014

McLaren Vale, South Australia, AustraliaOchota Barrels' aim is to express old vine, single vineyard sites as naturally as possible. Here, fragrant wild strawberry, raspberry, violets and forest aromas reflect the 88/13 grenache/syrah Rhone-styled blend. Eighty year old grenache is whole bunch pressed and spends ample time on the skins, lending a complexity and phenolic texture that surprises with its depth. Fine through ample white and black peppery coexist in harmony, and season the wild berry, summer cherry, earthy forest palate. Acidity is nimble and juicy, mellow tannins throw a light rasp and a dusky five spice closes the lengthy, textural finish. Alcohol is a welcome 12.8 percent. Winemaker Taras Ochota is one of the cutting edge talented nonconformists of the Australian wine industry, and we need to see more Aussie wines like this on our shelves.Tasted: 21 April 2015Tasted by: Prices: BC 29.99 BCLS Producer: Ochota BarrelsDistributors: Sur Lie
Blend: Grenache - SyrahCSPC: 957019UPC: 00626990228424