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Octota Barrels One Eight Six Grenache
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17¼/20

Octota Barrels One Eight Six Grenache 2018

McLaren Vale, South Australia, AustraliaOne Eight Six refers to the 186 days on skins this grenache spent. From the same Blewitt Springs site as the beloved dry farmed Fugazi Grenache (planted 1946), this small lot of 288 bottles was subject to more of Taras Ochota's experimental side, to a very positive result. Whole bunch fermented in a headless puncheon, where it remained on skins until it was basket pressed off, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. So smooth and linear it comes across nebbiolo-esque (really), with earthy raspberry, kisses of sarsaparilla, graphite and plum. Fine spice and ample texture in the mouth provide interest, and an effortless swell of juicy acidity creates smashability. Supple and moreish.Tasted: 05 August 2019Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 100.00 private wine shops Producer: Ochota BarrelsDistributors: Sur Lie
Grape: Grenache Noir/GarnachaCSPC: 81641