Ochocta Barrels - Greenroom Grenache
- Region: McLaren Vale
- Varietal: 92% Grenache - 8% Syrah
- Vintage: 2019
- Vineyard: The Green Room Vineyard
- Vine Age: 71 years old
- Soil Type: Red loamy clay with ironstone over deep limestone
- TA: 5.2 g/l
- pH: 3.71
- Alcohol: 11.7%
- Harvest Date: Mid-Late February
- Skin Contact: 6-88 days on skins
- Oak: 2 months in French barriques
The term ‘The Green Room’ refers to a performer (or wine in this case) that is not quite ready for the big stage. While this offering may not be the most well-known of Taras’ wines, it will soon see its time on stage. It is made in a very approachable and slurpable style, yet a wine that pleases the other senses as much as the palate. This wine is all about coiled tension. 92% Grenache and 8% Syrah, handpicked early the morning from three sites in the western reaches of the Vale, the grapes were cold soaked for four days (85% whole bunch) until fermentation occurred spontaneously. The juice spent 6-88 days on skins with frequent pigeage. After the ferment ceased, it was basket pressed to neutral barrels for 2 months of aging. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal SO2.
Lifted spice, Satsuma plum compote and a herbal thread of thyme with white pepper entwine the strikingly fragrant bouquet of bouillon. The palate is opulent yet nervy with medium bodied savory, finely grained textural components resembling pomegranate and lingonberry.