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Latta Vino ➺ Side By Side 3-Pack by Owen Latta

Side By Side Winemakers Selection 3-Pack by Owen Latta

Winemakers are equally enthusiastic about the wines they craft as the wines they drink. No surprises here. Our Side by Side series offers a glance at what our favourite producers drink when they're not picking, pressing or putting their own wines to bottle.

This time round, Owen Latta selects three exceptional Nebbiolo to drink Side by Side. Pull up a seat, and drink like the winemakers do.

"I chose these wines to show how versatile the variety can be when grown and produced in suitable places by producers less focused on the DNA of the winemaker and more on the sites and drinkability.  My interest in Nebbiolo didn’t exactly come from any travel or enjoying bottles from my favourite producers abroad such as Borgogno, Canonica, Rinaldi, Cappellano, Oddero, Ar Pe Pe etc.. though they’ve certainly helped with inspiration.

Instead, this journey started back in 1991 when my father Norman planted a row at Eastern Peake. Norm was interested in the varieties with early bud burst and late ripening. A good clone went in under guidance by local retired viticulturist guru Max Loader—he was super passionate and championing for people to plant Nebbiolo in around the Ballarat area at the time.

Unfortunately Nebbiolo is one of the wildest grapes to grow, it looks pretty weird compared to most other Vitis Vinifera classics.

The climate on our site proved much too cold, but our one row is still there. It sets fruit most years and fails to ripen. It probably should be pulled out, yet I enjoy the nostalgia and like having the vine material for anyone who’s interested in planting it somewhere better suited.

After those formative years trying to grow Nebbiolo, it was great to be reacquainted with Cameron & Robert John, a father and son team who have been pioneering Nebbiolo in the Pyrenees since the 2000s. Steve Pannell suggested they grow Nebbiolo for Hardy’s back in the day, he was quite taken by sites climate, red ferrous clay soils with heavy deposits of quartz and ironstone throughout. I could only imagine how challenging it has been mastering the variety in the Pyrenees!"

— Owen Latta

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Latta Vino ➺ Side By Side 3-Pack by Owen Latta

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Three memorable wines and influential drops selected by Owen Latta of Latta Vino. This Side by Side pack is a deep dive into three exceptional Nebbiolos: a pretty and expressive Nebbiolo from Owen's own portfolio, to a perfumed and fresh example from the Godfather of Valtellina and a velvety vintage that protests against Italy’s wine making bureaucracy.

Includes:

Latta Headwaters Nebbiolo 2022
Ar.Pe.Pe Rosso di Valtellina Nebbiolo 2021
Borgogno No Name Langhe Nebbiolo 2020

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Owen Latta was raised amid some of the best winemaking going on in the Pyrenees region, but he blazes his own trail now. Unique drinking of great intrigue, heart and authenticity. A boundary pusher of utmost quality, classic and innovative all at once.

“Along the journey, the wine looks so different from what it’s supposed to be but patience lets this wine unravel to show something absolutely delicious from its long élevage (14 months). I’m absolutely stoked with this wine from a cooler season!”

Latta Headwaters Nebbiolo 2022

“I’ve been working with Nebbiolo for a decade now. Not trying to produce an imitation Italian wine, more so expressing a red grape grown in a suitable location. The Latta Headwaters Nebbiolo 2022 is grown by the John's family up in the Landsborough Valley in the Pyrenees.

Along the journey, the wine looks so different from what it’s supposed to be but patience lets it unravel to show something absolutely delicious from its long élevage (14 months). I’m absolutely stoked with this wine from a cooler season!”

“I love the Rosso di Valtellina for its perfume, freshness and high drinkability, driving juiciness, perky acid and fine long tannins. This wine just goes to show how different the grape can be. It's a fun one.”

Ar.Pe.Pe Rosso di Valtellina Nebbiolo 2021

Ar.Pe.Pe was established by Arturo Pelizzatti Perego in 1984, my birth year, and unfortunately not a great vintage globally due to the cool wet season. Arturo was so keen to put Valtellina terroir on the map for the world to see, and loads of pride and determination went into his ambitious goal. 

Arturo started producing long-ageing Nebbiolo wines using the rules of the oldest traditions & not following the trends of the ‘Barolo Boys’ breaking rank to using small casks with high oaky flavour of the time. Nebbiolo is known locally as ‘Chiavannasca' in the far north of Italy, against the Alps.

The vines are Vine ares planted on terraces on the south side of a rare valley that runs east west. Today, Isabella (winemaker), Emanuele and Guido Pelizzatti Perego continue their father’s vision as the fifth generation of winemakers and growers.

I love the Rosso di Valtellina for its perfume, freshness & high drinkability, driving juiciness, perky acid and fine long tannins. This wine just goes to show how different the grape can be, I reckon it's a fun one.

“I particularly love the story behind this wine. It's a quiet protest against the bureaucracy that afflicts Italian winemakers.”

Borgogno No Name Langhe Nebbiolo 2020

“Borgogno has been producing wine for almost 250 years! They have some excellent vineyard holdings and are fascinating producers of high quality Nebbiolo that can age for such a long time. I love the story behind this wine, ‘No Name’. All producers have to submit a sample of their Barolo for routine evaluation, the regulatory commission can choose to deny the wine its DOCG status if not up to the standard.

Borgogno submitted a routine sample of a single cask in 2005 only to be rejected as the wine was ‘stylistically irregular for Barolo’. Hence, ‘No Name’ was born.

Every vintage since, Borgogno has chosen to voluntarily declassify a cask of their DOCG Barolo (crus of Cannubi, Fossati and San Pietro to Langhe). “A quiet protest against the bureaucracy that afflicts Italian winemakers.” Borgogno stridently calls the wine ‘No Name’, about which Antonio Galloni offers this: “Consumers should take note: this is one of the best values in the world of wine.”

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