2015
Ochota Barrels
'I am the Owl'
Syrah
Adelaide Hills

2015
Ochota Barrels
'I am the Owl'
Syrah
Adelaide Hills

From an Adelaide Hills vineyard, 100% whole bunch, no additions at all, old oak and made in ‘the shed at home’. The grapes underwent a two day cold soak before fermentation took off on its own. Gentle hand plunging throughout the ferment allowed for more delicate flavors to remain despite sitting on skins for 88 days! A gentle basket pressing straight to used barrels and seven months later you have 'I am the Owl!'

Taras says that, ‘this is not the greatest part of the Adelaide Hills, but this vineyard is so deep in loam, meters and meters, so this vineyard never needs irrigation with green, crisp leaves, it’s a beautiful thing’. And yes, that’s the Dead Kennedys song…

A complex, spicy and finely textured Syrah that has a peppery sheen across blackberry and red plum fruit aromas, there's a dark stony edge too, really vibrant. The palate is wrapped in soft, supple tannin, plenty of crunchy black and red fruit flavor, drink young whilst on the fruit emphasis.

  • Region: Adelaide Hills - Mount Barker District
  • Varietal: 100% Syrah
  • Vintage: 2015
  • Vineyard: Single Site in Mount Barker
  • Vine Age: 19 years old
  • Yield: ≈ 1 ton per acre
  • Soil Type: Grey Loam over Dry Brown Clay
  • TA: 5.3 grams per liter
  • pH: 3.91
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Skin Contact: 88 days on skin and stems
  • Oak: 7 months in seasoned French barrique
  • Production: 249 cases
Winery & Regional Information
ADELAIDE HILLS

The Adelaide Hills is Australia's most vibrant cool climate wine region. The region is located in the Mount Lofty Ranges east of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. Stretching in a narrow band approximately 70km long, the highest vineyards are sited between 1,900 and 2,200 feet altitude in areas such as Crafers, Summertown, Piccadilly and Carey Gully. Learn More »

OCHOTA BARRELS

ADELAIDE HILLS

The Ochota Barrels tale began on a surf trip, late 2000 along the Mexican west coast in a Volkswagen campervan. A final destination after traveling 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. With the winery situated in Lenswood, and steep, high altutude, cool climate, north facing... Learn More »

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