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‘Winemaker Owen Latta’s age belies a wealth of experience, making him a deserving winner of the Young Winemaker Medal for his quality Eastern Peake and Latta Vino wines.

Second generation winemaker Owen Latta is the Ballarat kid setting the Australian wine scene on fire. Between the premium wines of Eastern Peake and the more expressive, avant garde releases under his own, eponymous Latta Vino range, Latta has shown his mettle as one of Australia’s most thoughtful and daring winemakers. “ The purity and natural architecture possible from just grapes and skins is something Latta is actively seeking.”

Indeed, there are few people in Australia so adept with lo-fi winemaking, eking out maximum flavour, vitality, freshness and poise, including when no sulphur is added at all. “I am increasingly seeing that long, slow maturation prior to bottling helps no-sulphur wines,” Latta explains. “The purity and natural architecture possible from just grapes and skins is something I am actively seeking in terms of feel, structure and balance.” While Latta’s career has not been long it shows an incredible depth of experience that places him at the apex of winemaking in Australia.’

2023 New Releases

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2023 What-A-Melon

Experimental Batches make up this wine each year, fun to make fun to drink. The big feature here is Syrah from the Saddle Back vineyard grown organically by Cory Hope in the Pyrenees harvested once flavour hits the full ripeness required, Sangiovese component is grown by the Camfield’s in Moonambel Pyrenees, Nebbiolo grown by the John Family in Landsborough Pyrenees & finally Pinot Noir grown by us at home base in Coghills Creek. All batches were all whole bunch pressed fermented on full solids & left to rest on full lees for 11 months, blended then domaine bottled once ready.

2023 Rattlesnake Contact Blanc

Fun! Wild ideas & Experimental batches. An opposite direction to terroir, the usual mindset in this cellar! Classic varieties being pushed to see what new personalities we can get out of them. Great vineyards also play a big role here to back up the texture, fruit & acid profiles.

Rattlesnake each year is made up of many different skin contact ferments, riesling, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris & Chardonnay, all seem to work harmoniously together to produce a madly delicious, quenching, exotic skin contact wine that punches above and delivers time & time again.

2023 Ex Nihilo Pinot Gris

Sourced from long term growers the Lacey Family located over Tarrington way in far south west Victoria. The site was stablished in the late 90s which produces Fantastic Pinot Gris, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir. Season 2023 had its challenges especially during flowering which resulted in high quality fruit yet a smaller crop. (As a side note, when the Pinot Gris here was planted the variety was still considered an alternative varietal on the Australian wine scene. The Laceys were contract growers of Pinot Gris for a large wine brand seeking out perfect sites in the late 90s amazing to see how far Pinot Gris/Grigio has come in 25 yrs)

With Gris I want to gain as much vibrancy & deliciousness as possible from this light red grape variety, half is whole bunch pressed to produce a textured white & the other half is destemmed for skin contact over a 3-5 days in small open fermenters to gain as much as I can from the fruit without getting too much drying tannins & phenolics. All of the wine is fermented & raised in various casks of 228, 300, 500 & 600L formats, Left to rest for 11 months on full lees undisturbed, it’s then racked & estate bottled. A small amount of Sulphur added prior to bottling.

2021 Jurassique Blanc

Tarrington chardonnay - single vineyard grown by the lacey’s, 210 m elevation, established 2001. Whole bunch pressed, barrel fermented in mixed formats. Left for 12 months elévage in casks, topped - ouillé, full malo etc.
After racking form barrel the wine spends 6 months in stainless then bottled.

2022 Tranquil Rose

This years tranquil is 100% Sangiovese from Shays Flat Landsborough Valley Pyrenees (certified org) & Camfeild Moonambel Pyrenees. Unfortunately the Nebbiolo component was in very short supply in 2022 due to poor flowering. 

This cuvée is produced by whole bunch pressing each site individually as well as  few different batches of barrel ferment. Left to rest for a number of months on Lees, racked then bottled with a small amount of Sulphur. The cooler longer season of 2022 resulted in an excellent prolonged ripening period, beautifully pitched acidity, excellent flavour profiles & a watermark of colour.

2021 Quality Release Grenache  

I've always taken sangiovese & cabernet sauvignon from the shays flat site when permitted. So when the grenache became available it was very exciting to be able to produce grenache from such a beautifully well farmed vineyard. Farmed by cory hope all certified organic. About 15% whole bunch, basket pressed after a week & a bit, élevage for 12 months in 228l & 500l casks, zero so2. It's a pretty serious wine with loads of detail, a very fine expression of shays flat. Such a quality release.

2021 Headwaters Nebbiolo

Cameron & robert john have been pioneering nebbiolo at the malakoff vineyard for over 15 years, the vineyard is situated in the landsborough valley pyrenees victoria. Another ripper vintage for the nebbiolo off this site, 3 harvest dates, fermentation was in open concrete wax lined very little whole bunch, basket pressed. Élevage for 12 months in 600l & 500l casks bottled in july 2022.

2022 Glenhope Malbec

A new hope from glen hope, macedon ranges malbec... The parish of glen hope in the macedon ranges was where the latta family first settled in australia after emigrating from taughboyne, ireland in 1865, they farmed there for over 130 years, initially cattle then progressing to sheep (specialising in fine merinos). Its been a fascinating experience to produce wine from the area of glen hope once farmed by our forebears (glen hope vineyard lies 6km from the original latta farm). Established 1995/1996, farmed by scott harrington, james & marlin gevergizian. 460 m altitude, decomposed granite soils. 12.6%alc

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