We feel very privileged to release this set of wines today. 2020 saw the well known and loved face of Taras Ochota taken from this world, an event that the Basket Range community is still coming to terms with.
The story of Ochota Barrels was always a partnership though, with Taras' wife Amber being a constant from the very beginning—in the winery, at trade shows and on sales trips.
In the words of distributor and good friend Ned Brooks: 'Even after we saw less of Amber on the road, with the arrival of their first and then second child, she was still actively making the wines with Taras.'
'There’s much to be said about women sidestepping glory or putting careers on hold for the labour of love that is raising children but this is not the time or place, indeed each year Taras would lovingly comment that the best wine was the one Amber took complete creative control of: the home Pinot Noir.'
The 2021 harvest is a celebration of Taras, courageously brought to you by Amber Ochota, assistant winemaker Louis Schofield and Yari, Taras' father.
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