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2016 Latta Jurassique Blanc Ullaged Chardonnay

Ballarat, VIC

An excellent homage to the wines of the Jura from a great young winemaking talent.

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Outstanding wine for freshness, complexity, light savoury character, saline acidity, bold personality... Fine wine in any language. Such delicious, unreal drinking.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About the Wine

The latest wine to emerge from the Owen Latta stable is, unsurprisingly, another smash hit. This is Chardonnay farmed by Owen on his uncle's neighbouring property in the Ballarat region.

The unique thing about this wine is the time it spent in barrel. A natural, wild ferment followed by full malolactic fermentation and one year spent in old barrels under ullage before the wine was racked to tank to settle for six months.

The oxygen influence here adds serious X-factor.

As the name suggests, this is a tip of the cap to the wines of Jura, but delivered with a soft touch.

About Latta / Eastern Peake

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 Own Latta is one of Australia's finest young winemakers.

Young star winemaker Owen Latta, feeling at home amongst the vines
Young star winemaker Owen Latta, feeling at home amongst the vines
Eastern Peake Vineyard, Ballarat, VIC
Reviews

Critic Reviews

95Points
The Wine Front

"Outstanding wine for freshness, complexity, light savoury character, saline acidity, bold personality. It shows perfume of sea spray, faint grilled nuts, green apple, lemon blossom. The palate has some light concentration, a slick of fresh fruit character lightly seasoned with spice, nuttiness, more of the saline-mineral character. There’s no shyness of flavour here and yet it feels bright and vivacious. It stretches long, mouthwatering, beautiful. It shows shades of Jura but less pronounced, let’s call it more restrained. Fine wine in any language. Such delicious, unreal drinking." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Additional Info

From the Producer

VITICULTURE

VINEYARD - MT COGHILL - VINE AGE 23 yrs

VARIETY - CHARDONNAY - CLONE - I10V5

LOCATION - COGHILLS CREEK, NTH WEST BALLARAT

SOIL - RED VOLCANIC BASALT, FREE DRAINING SUBSOIL.

GROWN BY OWEN LATTA

VINIFICATION

MINMAL ADDED SULPHITES

HARVESTED AT 12.1 BÉ, WHOLE BUNCH PRESSED DIRECT TO OLDER BARRIQUES & ONE HOGSHEAD LEFT TO FERMENT ON ITS OWN TIME WITH NO ADDITIONS AT ALL. LEFT ON ULLAGE FOR 12 MONTHS, FULL MALO. RACKED TO TANK FOR 6 MONTHS THEN BOTTLED. ENJOY!

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 12.5%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

The future of central Victorian wine - Owen Latta
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