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Ochota Barrels From the North Mourvèdre
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Ochota Barrels From the North Mourvèdre 2019

Barossa Valley, South Australia, AustraliaAnother bizarre beauty from Taras Ochota, this low yield, biodynamically farmed mataro (Mourvèdre) was planted in 1869 on sandy decomposed granite and quartz soils in Barossa. After a whole bunch press, this was cold soaked for 5 days until the native ferment kicked in, followed by partial carbonic maceration and 12 days on skins and stalks. Post ferment, this was basket pressed to French barriques for 3 months' rest, prior to bottling unfined and unfiltered. No additions outside of 20ppm SO2 at bottling. Super saline throughout, seasoning sapid plum, wild blackberry, Saskatoon berry, and gentle purple florals. Tannins are bamboo fine and firm, housing the subtlety ripe purple / blue fruit to a lingering, medicinal / herbal scrubbed finish. So youthful, but so present and mesmerizing. Incredible tribute to this ancient vineyard.Tasted: 18 March 2020Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 65.00 private wine shops Producer: Ochota BarrelsDistributors: Sur Lie
The Living Vine
Grape: MourvèdreCSPC: 217318