“Out of the blue and into the black. You pay for this but they give you that. Once you’re gone, you can’t come back. You’re out of the blue and into the black.” Winemaker Louis Schofield made ‘Into the Black’ in a humble ode to his late mentor, Taras Ochota, one of Australia’s most beloved and influential winemakers. It’s what Mike Bennie calls “a unique wine, deep, brooding,” coming from a cool climate in the hills above McLaren Vale. If losing a mentor and a friend is a tragedy of the highest caliber, dedicating a wine to their spirit is the most beautiful eulogy one can offer. Rock and roll can never die.
‘Into the Black’ is made from Syrah grown on the Kangarilla Ridge on a single vineyard high above McLaren Vale. In the cellar, 60% whole cluster, native-yeast fermentation in open-top tanks occurred for 6-10 days before the wine was racked and the skins were pressed to neutral French oak 225-500L barrels. The wine aged for four months in these vessels. It was bottled with just a touch of sulfur, but without fining or filtering.