2020 Latta Benevolent Cabernet Franc

Ballarat, VIC

Owen Latta's first-ever nouveau-styled sulphur-free Cab Franc. Released with freshness at the front of mind!


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About The Wine

Owen Latta breaks new ground here with his first release of a red wine in the same year of vintage.

Unable to secure the Cabernet Suvignon he played with in 2019, Owen managed to get ahold of some excellent Cabernet Franc fruit from the Bress vineyard in the Harcourt Valley.

It was made with no whole bunches and no adjustments or additions whatsoever. Just grapes, fermented naturally, bottled bright and young and fresh.

It's a juicy litte jubey number and delicious as a young wine. If you're keen, try popping it in the fridge for a minute. Chill it then drill it.

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
Additional Info

From The Producer

Well here’s something we’ve never done before… releasing a red wine in the same year it was grown… only grapes months earlier… this was a last minute silver lining for the 2020 vintage, I was hoping to get my hands on more of the yandoit cabernet sauvignon again.. no dice - Peter Fyfee the grower mentioned there was very little to go around for the 2020 season & suggested I should give Adam Marks a call at Bress to get some cabernet franc as he was selling the property. We’ve known Adam for years so he seemed pretty pumped to sell us the grapes as well as the riesling, how benevolent. Made with no additions, no tricks, a great vineyard at 38 yrs of age delivering all the punches.

region: Harcourt valley, back of mount Alexander
Established: 1982
Grape: Cabernet Franc
Grower: A Marks
Soil type: tough, free draining consisting of decomposed granite
Winemaking: zero additions, all destemmed, no whole bunches, fermented in concrete
elevagé: 500L & 228L casks

Blend : Cabernet Franc (100%)
ABV : 12.7%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2024
Bottle Size : 750ml

Owen Latta in his vineyard
Owen Latta in his vineyard
Ballarat, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Juicy and bright, blueberry and green herb, flecks of fennel, white peppery spice. Sloshy, slurpy texture, bright acidity, sort of sour-sweet finish and bits of amaro maybe in there too. Delightful, super drinking red of freshness and keen cut and thrust. Wonderful." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)


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