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Winery: Latta Vino
Region: Pyrenees - Victoria
Winemaker: Owen Latta
Varietal(s): 100% Grenache
Third release of this straight Grenache from Owen Latta, sourced from organic Shay's Flat vineyard in Landsborough, Pyrenees. Wild and pure, or purely wild, this is a beautiful light to medium bodied punchy red, replete with pepper, brown spices and bouncy red berry fruits. Traces of herbal funk and kombucha-esque zing are there but this is a drinking wine of high interest.
"The subtitle name ‘Quality Release’ is so outstanding. What a cool name. SO much better than Premium or Reserve. Kudos to you, Owen Latta and co. From Shay’s Flat (organic) vineyard, sees no additions, no sulphur, wild ferment, no filter/fining. All grenache from Central Vic, all day. Has this cherry jam, slightly medicinal thing going on, but none of that troubles as it’s all juicy gravy good times and has a pretty and fresh vibe with drinkability riding high. Woody spice, not oak, but stems and undergrowth and such, play a part in the flavours here. So too does a kind of meaty, game-like quality. It rolls around the palate softly, broad, lush in a way, but vibrant. Hedonistic but kind of loose and free. Moreish in the definitive sense – compels you to drink more. Not a fine, preened version of grenache, but so much mojo and individuality." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)