2022 Ochota Barrels Where's The Pope? Syrah - Onkaparinga, SA
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Aromas of macerated raspberry, white pepper, earthy notes and a hint of white pepper. The palate is driven by red raspberries and red cherries, light tannins and a lengthy finish.
Only the third vintage of this wine but what a cracker! From McLaren Vale but not your archetypal McLaren Vale Shiraz. Vivacious? Yes. Perfumed? Yes. Pretty? Definitely. If you know Ochota Barrels, then you have a fair idea of what you are getting. Given a softer hand by Winemaker Amber, a fresher style of wine has been produced by that hallmark silkiness of Ochota Barrels is there. Super slurpable.
Again, another wine made for Summer drinking.
Onkaparinga Hills vineyard, planted on schist and clay in 1996, certified organic and dry grown. 4453 bottles filled. Indigenous yeast, pressed straight to seasoned French oak for five months. Unfined and unfiltered. No additions besides minimal so2
"So much cracked black pepper to this, with plums and brambleberries throughout. It’s medium-bodied with a solid center palate and medium fine tannins that run the length of the wine. Tangy and bright acidity, too. Drink or hold. Screw cap."
95 Points - James Suckling - JamesSuckling.com