Ochota Barrels 'The Shellac Vineyard' Syrah 2012 (Barossa Valley)

“We wanted to make wines that were more European in style, and had no nasties in them, just because they were the sorts of wines we liked to drink.” Taras Ochota.

The Shellac Vineyard, named for an obscure hardcore punk band, is located two tractor widths from Torbreck’s famed ‘Decendent’ block to the east and Greenock Creek’s block to the west on Roennfeldt Road. The vineyard had crossed the work schedule of Taras and he eventually sourced fruit for his own means – but opted to pick a fair way earlier than others also sourcing from the same site. The wine sees 44 days on skins, with some Viognier skins tossed in for good measure. 30% of the ferment is whole bunch. The wine is basket pressed to French oak for 16 months, and gravity racked before final bottling without filtering or fining. With all bottles of this cult classic being individually numbered, we have bottles including # 1,000.

The Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition (James Halliday) – Rated 97 Points
“To make life a little easier, 1788 bottles is 149 dozen, and this was bottle no. 753. It has spectacular crimson-purple colour, wonderful black fruits, licorice and quality oak on the palate, bolstered by perfect tannins on the very long and beautifully balanced finish. A truly exceptional wine, which will give pleasure whenever it is opened.”