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Ochota Barrels The Price of Silence Gamay
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Ochota Barrels The Price of Silence Gamay 2019

Piccadilly Valley, Adelaide Hills, Mount Lofty Ranges, Adelaide, South Australia, AustraliaThis gamay comes from three clones planted in 1985 in Piccadilly Valley's clay over limestone, at 550m in Adelaide Hills. #GoGamayGo. A few years after planting, the vines were grafted over to chardonnay. BOO. However, in 2013, Taras Ochota convinced the grower to chainsaw off the chardy grafts and bring back canes from the gamay rootstock - and it worked. This is a very small lot wine (mine is 3160 of 3488 bottles produced) which is in high demand. It underwent half carbonic maceration for a lunar cycle, while 50% was whole bunch for 6 days. All was basket pressed to old French barriques where it remained until bottling, unfined and unfiltered. Wild strawberries, sapid raspberries, tart blackcurrant, red florals, red liquorice, and ample mineral salts swirl on the medium-light (12.4 degree) palate, framed by light, whisper fine tannins. The finish is stony and lingering, encouraging another glass (bottle!). Take with a slight chill, as oft as you can.Tasted: 26 March 2020Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 65.00 private wine shops Producer: Ochota BarrelsDistributors: Sur Lie
The Living Vine
Grape: Gamay NoirCSPC: 217305