Ochota Barrels Fugazi Grenache 2020: review and tasting notes
From the sun-drenched soils of McLaren Vale, Australia, the Ochota Barrels Fugazi Grenache 2020 is a varietal that epitomizes the winemaker’s ingenuity and respect for ancient vineyards.
- Origin: McLaren Vale, Australia
- Grape Varietals: 100% Grenache
- Alcohol Content: 14.0%
- Price Point: $45 – $55
- Availability: Limited releases in boutique wine stores and specialty online retailers
- Organic: Yes
- Yeasts: Indigenous
- Aging Process: 10 months in French oak barrels
- Soil Type: Sandy loam over clay
- Harvest Method: Hand-harvested
- Average Vine Age: Over 80 years
How It’s Made
The magic of Ochota Barrels Fugazi Grenache lies in its balance between modern winemaking techniques and respect for ancient vines. The grapes, sourced from 80-year-old vines, are handpicked and fermented using indigenous yeasts.
The wine spends 10 months maturing in a harmonious combination of cement vats and seasoned French oak barrels. The use of cement vats specifically preserves the wine’s freshness and purity, while the old French oak adds a layer of subtle complexity, enhancing rather than eclipsing the inherent qualities of the Grenache grape.
Philosophy: Capturing Nature’s Whims
The philosophy of Ochota Barrels is straightforward—let nature do its thing. By using organic methods and indigenous yeasts, they create a wine that’s a true representation of its terroir.
Color & Aroma Imagine a vivid ruby red hue swirling in your glass, emitting an aromatic complexity of red cherries, plum, and just a whisper of forest floor.
Flavor Profile Upon the first sip, your taste buds are graced by an explosion of ripe berries, punctuated by nuances of black tea, fennel, and a delicate trace of anise. Tannins are velvety, and the acidity is lively and it gives substance, depth and a sunny rhythm to the wine.
The Finish A surprisingly lengthy finish leaves you with a warm sense of clove and black pepper, creating an enduring memory long after the glass is empty.
46-50 $. The price is acceptable, proportionate to the artisanal cut of the wine. Money well invested.