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Ochota Barrels The Green Room Grenache
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16¾/20

Ochota Barrels The Green Room Grenache 2019

McLaren Vale, South Australia, AustraliaFrom McLaren Vale's Onkaparinga Hills, this grenache was based on a vineyard planted in 1946 and on limestone and schist soils. Predominantly whole bunch and entirely native fermented, this fruit spent 88 days on skins before being basket pressed to older French barriques for a couple of months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered with a wee tip of sulphur. Light and lithe, with wild strawberry, perfumed summer raspberry, savoury whiffs of cured meats, and dried summer herbs, all finely, firmly gripped with a riff of skin tannins. Acidity is buoyant, and alcohol a welcome 12.8 degrees (for grenache!). The soils give a pixellated acidity, while the vine age gives it a recognizable gravitas. Drink with a slight chill, and picnic of charcuterie and cheeses.Tasted: 02 May 2020Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 50.00 private wine shops Producer: Ochota BarrelsDistributors: Sur Lie
The Living Vine
Grape: Grenache Noir/GarnachaCSPC: 21375