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'The Shellac Vineyard'
The Shellac Vineyard, named for an obscure hardcore punk band, is located two tractor widths from Torbreck’s famed ‘Decendent’ block to the east and Greenock Creek’s block to the west on Roennfeldt Road. The vineyard had crossed the work schedule of Taras and he eventually sourced fruit for his own means – but opted to pick a fair way earlier than others also sourcing from the same site. The wine sees 44 days on skins, with some Viognier skins tossed in for good measure. 30% of the ferment is whole bunch. The wine is basket pressed to French oak for 16 months, and gravity racked before final bottling without filtering or fining.
Notes of espresso bean, dark chocolate, spiced leather and black licorice bind together with brambly blackberries. There is an immediate density with a mineral like textured entry, creating the wine’s foundation. Layered black & blue fruits run through a savory spectrum of charcuterie and tapenade. This wine has some seriously beautiful structure with terrific length and focus.
- Region: Barossa Valley
- Varietal: 100% Syrah
- Vintage: 2010
- Vineyard: The Shellac Vineyard
- Vine Age: 38 years old
- Yield: 1.6 tons per acre
- Soil Type: Deep Red Clay
- Oak: 16 months in 16% new French barrique
- Production: 120 cases
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 »
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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