About Ochota Barrels
In the cellar, a hands-off, minimal-intervention method shines through. Early picking to sustain natural acidity, indigenous yeast fermentations, and whole-bunch pressing for the whites, while the reds undergo whole-bunch fermentation with extended maceration. A notable focus on texture is present; mouth-feel is crafted with skin contact and batonnage. The wines age in old French oak barrels, with only a whisper of sulfur at bottling. The resulting wines are mouthwatering, exuding a vibrant energy and tension.
This spirit reflects Taras' philosophy of producing something delicious and gorgeous for everyone to enjoy. Taras Ochota, who sadly passed away in 2020, was a phenomenal talent whose loss echoes in the wine world. His wife Amber, supported by the Ochota team and the family's long-time friend Louis Schofield, persists in the legacy that the Ochotas began.
Some of their offerings include the Green Room Syrah Grenache, a lush, opulent, yet nervy wine with a savory texture and a profusion of bright red fruits; Texture Like Sun Sector Red, a balanced blend of nine different grape varieties resulting in a light-bodied but aromatic red wine; also their Slint Chardonnay, a modern Australian Chardonnay with tangy Granny Smith apples and steely minerality, overlaid by a gentle leesy creaminess and a precise, savory umami finish. The Ochota Barrels craft distinctive wines that are at once raw, edgy, and utterly delicious.