Colour: Golden straw.
Bouquet: Bursting with pears and apples fresh from the tree, underlying nutty notes and vanillin from barrel ferment.
Palate Lovely fine beads of bubbles bursting with freshness. The palate is crisp and clean as a whistle with lashings of white nectarines and Pink Lady apples. Bright acidity and dry finish make this the epitome of summer in a glass.
Winemakers Note: Short for ‘pétillant naturel’, and translating from French as ‘naturally sparkling’, these lightly sparkling wines have been around for hundreds and hundreds of years.
Harvest: The grapes were picked on March 11
Technical Data: Alc. 12.0%
Production: 75 dozen
Vinification: These wines are made with as little intervention as possible; there’s nothing added during the process, and nothing filtered out at the end. The wine is simply taken from the barrel and bottled while it’s still undergoing fermentation, then sealed using a crown cap, which traps a small amount of carbon dioxide – the natural result of fermentation – to create the magic which turns to bubbles. No Sulphites made for immediate consumption.
Viticulture: The vineyard is grown naturally using organic biological principals. No use of herbacides and creating biodiversity through multi specie cover crops. Canopy management is vital, hedging, leaf plucking and fruit thinning are used to control exposure to sunlight, increase airflow and further our effort to deliver perfectly ripe, balanced grapes to the winery.
Vintage 2021: After a very dry 2020 winter, bud burst was early for all varieties. Spring was wetter than average so protection from disease was critical with timely applications of organic sprays when the weather permitted all the way to December. Finally the sun came out at the right time to accelerate ripening of the lower than normal crop load. This was a blessing as harvest approached significant rain events occurred. Hard work in the vineyard opening the canopy for air flow and small crops got all varieties to optimum ripeness with pristine fruit. Marri Blossom was late and netting was required to stop bird damage.