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Ochota Barrels Wines and Australian Wildfire Relief

"Basically, we just want to produce something delicious and gorgeous for all of us to enjoy with none of the nasties and more of the love. xx"

- Ochota Barrels Website⁠

Ochota Barrels

Here is a bit about these seriously punk rock wines. We have long been fans of Ochota Barrels' wines, and were sad to hear that their vineyards are being affected by the devastating wildfires in Australia. 

We are highlighting these wines, which are extremely limited, because we are passionate about them and believe in their winemaking. You can follow the links to purchase the wines, before they are gone.

Additonally, we have included a few donation links, please join us and donate what you can. 

Ochota Barrels wines are from the Adelaide Hills of South Australia. One of the few cooler climates, high altitude regions in the country.

Clara visited with ex-surfers and life-long punks: Taras and Amber Ochota in October. After 14 days, and 59 producers, these wines deserve a spot light to stand under. Intense, laser focused, lithe, varietally expressive, but also stony and earthy.

They had a backbone of minerality not found in many of Australia's wines.

They farm organically and most of the fruit is from their 9.6 hectare, very steep vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, with a few tons purchased from friends. Everything is picked with acidity and texture in mind, mostly whole bunches are used, indgenous yeasts, hand punch down or submerged cap with a little battonage, that is it. 

The best wines carry a sense of the winemakers personality through their core, and these glare with pithy humor, sharp elbows, laughter and love. 

Ochota Barrels, Syrah "I am the Owl", 2018

The name of the wine is from the Dead Kennedy’s song. The lyrics describe surveillance or similar, and infringement of civil liberties. 100% whole bunch, 98% Syrah and 2% Viognier, It was bottled after six months in wood unfined and unfiltered, and with a nominal dose of SO2. 11.8% ABV.
Dark savory black cherry, licorice, perfume, tea and dried herbs, iron-ferrous minerality, peppery finish, flinty and floral.

Ochota Barrels, Grenache "186", 2016

From one of the greatest sites for Grenache in the world, Blewitt Springs in McLaren Vale. 78 year old vines on deep old sand over brown Clay and iron stone. 14.2% ABV, 24 cases produced.
The deep sands of Blewitt springs provide the perfect texture for Grenchae to show itself off in. The tannins mimic the sand on your tongue providing structure along with the acidity necessary to carry the wine over your palette. The red strawberry and cherry notes pop out of the glass with rose petals, white pepper and white tea. This wine is pure elegance, etched and sublime.

⁠We'd love to invite you to join us in donating to the following organizations to aid in relief from the Australian wildfires: ⁠

Adelaid Hills Wine Region: ⁠

Victorian Community Fire Fighters: ⁠

Relief for First Nations' Communities:⁠

Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal:⁠

Koala Hospital:⁠

World Wildlife Fund, Australia:⁠


Thank you, 

The Flatiron Team