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2015 Eastern Peake Walsh Block Syrah

Ballarat, VIC

Powerful yet elegant Syrah from the Gourmet Traveller WINE's Young Winemaker of the Year.

$45.00

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Such pleasure here. And so much.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

The Walsh Block Syrah comes from the vineyard next door to Eastern Peake.

Owen ferments the wine in a large wax-lined concrete fermenter, leaves it unsulphered until after winter and then bottles it with a small amount of SO2.

The cool climate in Ballarat/Coghills Creek allows Owen to craft a more elegant example of Syrah where spice and texture take centre take pride of place instead of outright fruit power and oak.

It's a gorgeous wine. Mike Bennie awarded it 95 points.

This will mature beautifully for many years to come.

About Eastern Peake / Latta Vino

Is anyone working as hard as Owen Latta to put Ballarat in the mix of Australia's foremost wine regions? At only 15 years old he completed his first vintage at Eastern Peake alongside his father and has since taken on the full-time running of the business.

Owen is the man primarily responsible for both the Eastern Peake and Latta wines, the former of which being dedicated to premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Eastern Peake vineyard, and the latter being Owen's personal project all about innovation from a range of excellent central Victorian vineyards.

The wines are all gently brought to life with very astute yet hands-off winemaking, and Owen's low and zero-sulphur wines are some of the best examples in the country. These are thrilling, absolutely unique Victorian wines, and quite simply Owen Latta is one of Australia's finest young winemakers.

Winemaker Owen Latta
Winemaker Owen Latta
Ballarat, VIC
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From The Producer

Grown by Frank Walsh & Family over the road from EPV, this block was planted in 2003 with the clone PT23.
5% whole bunch, destemmed to keep 70% whole berry & 30% crushed.
Fermented in a 3 ton open concrete wax lined fermenter.
No additions, indigenous yeasts, 3 wks extended post maceration.
Pressed direct to puncheons & barriques 12 months in casks.
Sulphur only added after Malo in November/december.
​Racked to tank for 6 months of resting sulphur prior bottling (total 40 ppm)

Blend : Shiraz (100%)
ABV : 13.00%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2028
Bottle Size : 750ml

Owen Latta in his vineyard
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95Points
The Wine Front

"Owen Latta has recently been crowned by Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine as ‘Young Winemaker Of The Year’, but you could remove the ‘Young’ in some respects, such is his form and tempo for his craft. He does have some seriously unique and well-tended vineyards on hand, but the craft, at a relatively tender age, shown in his work, is pretty extraordinary, as is the breadth of expressions he aces, from classic to off-beat. This is syrah from ‘over the fence’ of the estate. It sees 15% whole bunch and a whole lotta love.Soulful, supple, detailed red. It’s so moreish – one of those wines that drags you back for another look at perfume, texture, weight, spice, fruit character, and evolves over time you drink. There’s brambles and sour cherry, blackcurrant, anise, flinty notes in bouquet and palate, a symphony of things set to just shy of medium weight, shaped by featherweight tannins and lifted on cool acidity. Such pleasure here. And so much." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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Well structured and complex Syrah. Very enjoyable!

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