Highlights: Ochota Barrels 2018 Home… Pinot Noir

After making it through the impressive/annoying two layers and colours of wax (so pretty though), this incredibly spicy, tight and characterful Adelaide Hills Pinot opens. Tomato plant, wild herbs (chervil, tarragon, parsley, chives), rhubarb, cranberry, medicinal anise, white cherry buoy from this bright and lifted red, crunchy with acidity, and alive. As the wine opens, more tart red fruit shines, along with a lovely gentle earthy scent. Quite memorable. This was made entirely by Amber Ochota, down to the photo of the poppy field she shot while cycling that adorns the label. This tiny organically farmed vineyard is a mix of clones, was handpicked by the family in under 2 hours, and whole bunch native fermented, basked pressed, and bottled without any additions or filtering. 298 bottles. 93/100

Treve Ring

Treve Ring is a wine writer and editor, judge and speaker, and perpetual traveller. [She is also Correspondent Anorak.]