2021 Eastern Peake Intrinsic Pinot Noir

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Awesome Pinot Noir release from Owen Latta off his home block in Ballarat.

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This is Pinot Noir from the Latta family vineyard in Ballarat.

It's proof positive of the efficacy of Owen Latta's singular approach to winemaking and grape-growing. Everything is done slowly, with intent and purpose. The wine is released after some time in bottle to allow the wine to relax. It's a supreme, unique expression of the grape from one of the country's most talented young vignerons.

Owen's Pinot Noirs are distinctly savoury, more 'old-world' in their stylings than the more polished, fruit-forward styles you may see from other Victorian regions.

It's a firm, structural style of Pinot Noir that will develop beautifully with more time in bottle.

Wow 2021 was such a perfect season, low pressure farming, excellent flowering, everything went to plan in the vineyard with our organic practices, a very good feeling knowing all the input in the season might have a good output on some really lovely wines. The vines are MV6 clone grown on Volcanic grey loam soils over weathered basalt sitting at 430m alt, plantings ranging from 40 - 27 years. This year in September we are planting another 2000 Pinot Noir vines using 115 clone, exciting times 40 years on from our 1st establishment. Blocks harvested from 4/04 - 6/4/21, all destemmed into our original 3000L concrete fermenters using no pumps, as always spontaneous fermentation via our indigenous yeasts, pump overs twice daily, vats basket pressed 19/04/2021 - 20/04/2021, transferred into 228L barriques of various coopers, topped monthly, sulphur added post malo in November, racked from barrels in late march 2022 no fining or filtering, bottled on 21/10/22. A small amount of sulphur post malo & pre bottling. If you've been following us you'll know that 1997 & 2001 are pretty special vintages, 2021 feels like it might be in the same club.

94 Points - "Has this mix of loose knit feel and tightly wound, very fine, powdery and crushed rock tannins, that sense of pebbly minerality in acidity and a good deal of dried sage leaf, paprika spice amongst the tart-ish, sour cherry fruit characters. Softness and brightness in the same sip too. A very moreish wine, very good indeed." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

95 Points - "Bright, medium-deep red-purple colour with aromas of raspberry, blackberry, mint and vanilla, the palate lean and highly tensioned, with refreshing acidity and impressive line. The tannins are taut and firm, impressing themselves on the long-lasting finish with vitality and purpose. A really impressive pinot noir with a future ahead of it. (2021 was a ""perfect season"". All destemmed fruit. Wild ferment, unfined, unfiltered.)" - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

96 points & Top 100 Australian Wines of 2023 - “This is an excellent pinot noir from a sensitive hand and absolutely cracker of a vintage. The intensity of flavor almost belies the mid-weighted, svelte, pithy and incredibly vibrant and thrilling nature of it all. Fermented under the aegis of wild yeast and unusually, at least for the contemporary zeitgeist, fully de-stemmed. For the better. Others should take note. The tannins, a fine, gravelly weave. Griotte, damson, pimento, musk, orange peel and a faint carnal whiff of autumnal decay. This is a sumptuous, succulent wine that doesn't slip into excessive sweetness. Among the most delicious pinots tasted this year, putting a halt to my tasting regime of the evening so I can enjoy the rest of the bottle. Solo. Very difficult to put down. Drink or hold for a decade. It will only get better.
” - Ned Goodwin MW (James Suckling)

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