There’s heaps of new arrivals lately adorning the racks and the chalkboard. One in particular that has captivated my interest is the lovely 2012 Grenache/Syrah blend from the Adelaide Hills – ‘The Green Room’ by Ochota (oh-koh-tah) Barrels.
“Situated in the cool hills of Lenswood, Taras and Amber Ochota utilise old vineyards dotted around South Australia to create wines that fly in the face
of convention. These are wines of intuition, gut feel, not wines made because
the numbers stack up. These are wines heavily influenced by a heap of travel, music, food, booze, surf and ‘grape growing and winemaking lunatics”
The palate entry is full, rich and round yet laden with long textural whole bunch components resembling cherry skin and the wild berries found deep in Nordic forests. These mouth-watering arrangements contribute entirely to the drinkability of this wine.
Something else of interest for lovers of craft beer is the addition of Southern Bay Brewing Company’s great brews to the list. Located in Geelong, it is great to have some great local beers with some real character and flavour. Try out a ‘Hop Bazooka’ – a juggernaught of an IPA or the complex Saison stylings of ‘Le Petit Tronc’, both in sizeable 500ml formats – joy!
(Keep an eye out for Requiem Pilsner, soon to go on tap!) BL