Ochota Barrels 'The Price of Silence' Gamay 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 The Price of Silence Adelaide Hills Gamay
In 1985 three clones of gamay were planted high up in the piccadilly valley a few years later due to its unpopularity they were grafted to chardonnay. It wasn’t until 2013 that Taras convinced his grower mate sam to chainsaw off the chardonnay grafts and bring back canes from the gamay rootstock evolving from there, cuttings were taken of these three clones and grafted on established vines in sam’s quartz-laden woodside vineyard, planted on a former gold mine, a crop picked in 2019, bushfire in 2020, and finally a beautiful harvest in 2021.
Handpicked at the end of March. Wild-ferment, a mix of extended maceration carbonic ferments, destemmed and whole bunch pressed to seasoned french barriques and puncheons. Unfined and unfiltered, minimal so2.