First taste: Ochota Barrels The Fugazi Vineyard Grenache 2012 (McLaren Vale)

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I’ve been gearing (or should that be Grenaching) up for next week’s Landmark Grenache tasting, which I am co-presenting.

In the last week I’ve tasted two old Barossa Valley favourites – Charlie Melton Nine Popes 2009 & Glaetzer Wallace 2006, both in great form.  Also made a truly exciting new single varietal discovery – Ochota Barrels The Fugazi Grenache 2012, which is being imported by Indigo wines.

Made by small batch/single vineyard focused artisans Taras and Amber Ochota, all 2256 bottles were sourced from a small parcel of 65 year old vines in Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale.

It’s very much in the warm climate Pinot Noir style, that is to say a, floral, spicy, gloriously sensual wine, which shows lots of whole bunch complexity (70%).  After a 7 day cold soak, it was fermented naturally and apparently spent 82 days on skins before being aged for several months in seasoned French barriques.

Ochota Barrels The Fugazi Grenache 2012 (McLaren Vale)

A tantalising nose with sweet and savoury nuances of Turkish Delight and Campari leads onto a lively, long, lifted and layered palate. Velvety, ruffled tannins anchor and animate its bright beam of red cherry fruit.  Peonies, violets, sandalwood, milk chocolate and Campari notes linger long after the spit or swallow.  Terrific.  13.9%  RRP £29

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  1. Ben Moroney

    Taras is making a very exciting range of wines but if you think the 2012 of this wine is good, you should have tried the 2011. Ethereal.

  2. Trey Busch

    Taras is an amazing winemaker and he is also extremely handsome for which I am extremely jealous. One day hopefully I can make wine like him, but in Walla Walla of course.

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