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Ochota Barrels The Green Room Grenache Syrahtext
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Ochota Barrels The Green Room Grenache Syrah 2018

McLaren Vale, South Australia, AustraliaSo lovely to see Ochota Barrels back on BC shelves after a four year vintage hiatus. We've been dying for more of Taras Ochota's wines since they charmed us all at Vancouver Wine Fest during Australia's magic theme year. Bet this is the first 2018 grenache / syrah you've had. The Green Room Grenache Syrah is one of the most popular out of all his experimental and avant guard naturalist wines. This year, it's a mix of fresh, finely structural, highly smashable 92/8 grenache/syrah from The Green Room vineyard, planted in 1946 on red loamy clay over ironstone. Most of the grenache is whole bunch pressed and native fermented, spending up to 88 days on skins. After the ferment ceased, it was basket pressed to neutral barrels for two months prior to bottling unfined and unfiltered with minimal sulphur. Tight and crunchy, with sapid thorn, raspberry, plum, white pepper on the lean, 11.4 degree body. The hue is diaphanous, as are the lightly sticky tannins, both naturally and authentically expressed. The finish lingers with five spice; with a slight chill, this is a charmer.Tasted: 06 January 2019Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 40.00 private wine stores Producer: Ochota BarrelsDistributors: Sur Lie
The Living Vine
Blend: Grenache - SyrahCSPC: 217375