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A former hardcore punk bassist, Taras Ochota’s grungy, minimalist attitude toward winemaking earned him a cult following, lasting past his untimely death in 2020. Today, his wife Amber carries on his legacy, crafting small batches of wines near the Basket Range of the Adelaide Hills & special sites in McLaren Vale & Barossa Valley. Grapes are always picked early for a lighter, more ethereal freshness & tension.
Fruit for “The Price of Silence” originally came from 3 separate clones of Gamay, planted on the same vineyard in 1985. The vines had been grafted to Chardonnay, but Taras convinced the grower, Sam, to take a chainsaw to the Chard in 2013, allowing the original Gamay to emerge from the rootstocks. Sadly, the vineyard succumbed to devastating wildfires in 2020, so the fruit this year came from the Eureka Vineyard in Woodside. There’s less visible granite in the soil, but the perfumed aromatics & lithe structure remains.
Wild fermented, with a mix of extended maceration. Partially destemmed, with some whole clusters. Pressed to seasoned French barriques and puncheons to age for 5 months.
Beautifully delicate, yet juicy, with notes of pomegranate, redcurrant, amaro, blood orange, and herbs. A fine grain of tannin, vibrant acidity, and red fruit-filled crunch carry through on the structured finish.
100% Gamay. Organic.