Ochota Barrels 'Where’s the Pope?' Syrah 2021
It’s probably not the first time something was conceived in a VW camper along the Mexican west coast. In this instance though, it was an idea. At the tail end of a world tour of wine and surf, Taras and Amber Ochota were inspired to return home and make “beautiful, holisitc” wine in South Australia. Based high up in the Basket Range of the Adelaide Hills, Ochota Barrels has become renowned globally for consistently producing some of the best wines of the Australian new wave.
2021 Where’s the Pope? Mclaren Vale Syrah
Onkaparinga Hills vineyard, planted on schist and clay in 1996, certified organic and dry-grown. 100% syrah. Indigenous yeast. Mainly whole bunch fermentation. 80% short gentle macerations with hand plunging, 20% extended carbonic maceration before pressing straight to seasoned french oak for a few months. Unfined and unfiltered, no additions besides minimal so2.