Highlights: Ochota Barrels 186 2018 McLaren Vale

I’m a huge fan of Ochota Barrels, who are based in Adelaide Hills but source grapes from a number of sites, including this venerable Grenache vineyard in McLaren Vale. Sadly, just a single puncheon of this made, and it’s remarkably elegant and light on its feed for a wine that has spent more than half a year on its skins.

Ochota Barrels 186 2018 Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale, Australia
13.8% alcohol. From bush vine Grenache, planted in 1947. Whole bunches fermented in a puncheon with the head removed, left on the skins for 186 days. Just 288 bottles made. This is very fine and expressive with red fruits and a nice sappiness. This is pure with lovely precision and focus. It doesn’t lack concentration but it has real elegance, with fine green notes. Supple, elegant, showing finesse. Thrilling stuff. 96/100

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