Ochota Barrels Spring Release

Taras Ochota, through his creativity, resourcefulness and imagination, has loaded his barrels and fired a massive shot across the bows of the Australian wine industry. ANDREW CAILLARD MW

Ochota Barrels wines are of high quality and brash personality but perhaps the greatest measure of Ochota’s success is how he has broached the conversation about natural wine and given a new currency to Australia’s wine image. MIKE BENNIE

Taras produces quite a number of wines under his Ochota Barrels label. Impressively he manages to keep each of them contained, balanced and unique. As always this years spring releases are seasonally appropriate focusing on a very high drinkability factor. Perhaps easier to do here in Sydney, but take it from us. Spring is coming and you will need a few wines like these at the ready. Think BBQ, BYO or picnic wines.

Production was down 40% in 2019 and thus will make this a much more fleeting campaign. The good news is that even though the yields were low, the quality remained high.