Ochota Barrels Where’s the Pope Syrah
4 in stock
Region: Adelaide Hills, Australia
Grape varieties: 100% Syrah
Ochota Barrels Where’s the Pope Syrah is light in alcohol yet rich in flavor, with a slight reduction that blows off and leaves behind dark fruit and olive tapenade. The tannins are gentle, and the motif is more savory than fruity before a svelte finish.
Song: Feel Like Me by Jack Kays
Black Cherry, Blackberry
Room Temperature (63°–67°)
Low Sulfur (less than 50mg/L)
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4 in stock
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ABOUT THE PRODUCER
About Ochota Barrels Where’s the Pope Syrah
Ochota Barrels Where’s the Pope Syrah is light in alcohol yet rich in flavor, with a slight reduction that blows off and leaves behind dark fruit and olive tapenade. The tannins are gentle, and the motif is more savory than fruity before a svelte finish. The fruit was hand-picked in early February and fermented spontaneously with a majority of whole bunches outdoors in half-ton bins. The fruit was left for about 10 days with a bit of hand plunging in the latter days. The lots were then basket-pressed to old French barriques with the gross lees. The wine matured for five months then the barrels were gravity-fed to tank and left to settle overnight. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration and just a small sulfur addition.
About Ochota Barrels
The Ochota Barrels tale began on a surf trip, late in 2000 along the Mexican west coast in a Volkswagen campervan. A final destination after traveling to some of the world’s best wine and surf regions, Taras and Amber Ochota conceived the idea to make super premium wines back home in South Australia. The concept was to concentrate on the zenith variety of McLaren Vale (Grenache) and the Barossa Valley (Shiraz), find an exceptional old vineyard site in each region, and create plush, small-batch, single vineyard wines. Over the years the regions and vineyards may have shifted on a few wines, but the focus has always remained the same, showing precision and compression in the wines.
As an Enology graduate from Adelaide University, Taras developed his craft at wineries such as Two Hands and MSV in the Barossa Valley. He and Amber had worked together making wine for Oenoforos in Sweden crafting primarily Italian wines for the monopoly. California was also a regular vintage destination of Taras and Amber, where they made wines with producers such as Kunin, Bonnacorsi, Arcadian, Schrader, Outpost, and the famous Hitching Post’s label, Hartley-Ostini, from the movie ‘Sideways’. The Ochotas took a less-is-more approach to winemaking and infused their love for music into the wines in both a literal and figurative sense. The majority of the wines are named after meaningful bands/songs (Fugazi, Slint, I Am the Owl, Texture Like Sun, etc.). Figuratively Taras has said that “music and wine are so connected in so many ways, I reckon you can often see the styles of music people like in the wines they make. I like edgy music, rawer, sharper, and my wines tend to be all elbows and knees sticking out. Someone else might like folk music, and they make rustic, countryside wines. And then you get mainstream big production wines that taste like music that’s been overdubbed and auto-tuned and had things taken out and put back in.”
Sadly, in October 2020, Taras left us following a lengthy battle with an auto-immune disease. The news was devastating, and the wine world lost one of its true originals and visionaries. More importantly, a wife lost her husband and two children lost their father. It was also a low point for anyone who had come into contact with Taras directly or indirectly by simply enjoying a glass of his wines or better yet spending quality time as he always made you feel like the only person in the room. Despite the tragedy and the heartache that will always continue, Amber is continuing the family vision as she did every step of the way with Taras. They had a friend start to assist in the cellar in 2018, Louis Schofield of Hellbound Wine Bar in Adelaide. Louis along with Taras’ father Yari are working side-by-side with Amber to continue the legacy.