Ochota Barrels A Sense Of Compression Grenache 2020 750ml
99% Grenache, 1% Viognier.
single vineyard, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Unfined and unfiltered, minimal sulphites.
Limited - 688 bottles made and only 24 came to NZ
As far as wine projects go, this is at the pointy end of exciting.
Winemaker and rock star extraordinaire MJ Keenan (Tool, Pucifer) and Ochota barrels winemaker and music lover Taras, have joined forces to create a wine of immense personality. There is a backstory of course, which involves a mutual love of music and a shared philosophy of less is more, low intervention winemaking which gave birth to this project.
At its core, a belief in less winemaking tricks and wines that maintain and celebrate a coiled tightness... A sense of compression..
Score: 98 Points - James Suckling
18 Nov, 2020 – "A very taut and gently sinewy vintage, this shows pared-back raspberry, blueberry and red cherry with some sapid herbal accents and stony minerals. The palate has a lithe, mouthwatering core of quite linear tannin and bright acidity that carries vivid red-fruit flavors long into a fresh, upbeat and energetic finish. Great wine. Drinkable now, but better in 2024."