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Ochota Barrels - The Fugazi Vineyard - Grenache 2018

Ochota Barrels

Regular price $59.99

2018 The Fugazi Vineyard Grenache 
Ochota Barrels
$59.99, limited (arrives next week)

No reviews yet, past reviews run from 92-96 pts from the top critics.

The Fugazi Vineyard was allegedly named from a quirk – the post-hardcore punk band Fugazi was playing on Taras and Amber’s (the people behind Ochota Barrels) car stereo as they arrived at the vineyard, which sits on a rise between the Onkaparinga River Gorge and Blewitt Springs in McLaren Vale. The grapes are handpicked and undergo a 7-day cold soak. 80% whole-cluster fermentation occurs naturally without inoculation and the juice spends 80 days on skins! This is a pure expression of Grenache, checking in at a modest 13.8% alcohol.

I still recall a 2011 that blew my mind in and around 2016 or so.  The perfume of the wine was gorgeous. So much, so deep, but elegant, pretty, floral and red-fruited. Rose petals, potpourri, raspberry, maraschino cherry. It had a clean and pure feel on the palate, dusted with fine spices, gently sweet and pure red fruits, ripe and a med/med+ ripe tannin structure. While delicate and refreshing, it was dense and focused, flavorful without a lot of weight.  Along with Comange G, this is the best Grenache for me outside of France.
  • Region: McLaren Vale - Blewitt Springs Subzone
  • Varietal: 100% Grenache
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Vineyard: The Fugazi Vineyard
  • Vine Age: 68 years old
  • Yield: 1.7 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Ironstone & Gravel infused Red Clay
  • TA: 5.9 grams per liter
  • pH: 3.44
  • Alcohol: 13.8%
  • Skin Contact: 80 days
  • Oak: 6 months in seasoned French barriques
  • Production: 380 cases

Ok, I love Grenache, but am super picky on who makes it.  When it is on, it is ON, kind of like Pinot noir, it can be disappointing sometimes for 'hyped' and high scoring wines.  Thankfully though, it is not as expensive as those heartbreaker Grand Cru Burgundies.

Ochota Barrels, pronounced "oh-ho-to", is one of the leading wineries in Australia that is bringing the wines from Australia back from the dead.  Ok, maybe that's a little harsh, and generally speaking the wines are all much better than the days of huge fruit bombs and alcohols from the late 90s and early 00s before the country's wine region literally when "poof" as drinkers walked away from the region as little furry critters proliferated the landscape and undermined the quality of the wines.

There are still amazing wines like the Dead-Arm Shiraz from d'Arenberg, the legend of all legends 'Grange' from Penfolds, 'Hill of Grace' from Henschke, and the excellent Chardonnays from Cullen on the west coast to name just a few.  Australia was MORE than ready for a re-boot and Ochota Barrels is one of the wineries leading the way.  The BIGGEST problem is that like ALL great wines that the locals love, hardly enough is made to get into the hands of the greater wine loving population.

It has taken me over a year to get this going, but I finally got the NC distro team to get me some from the US importer.

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