Pétillant Naturel, or Pét-Nat for short is French for “naturally sparkling”. Pét-Nat’s are made by bottling a wine part way through fermentation. This will trap a small amount of the carbon dioxide (that is produced during fermentation) in the bottle resulting in a natural sparkling wine. The wine is unfined, unfiltered and naturally cloudy
The 2022 vintage was excellent. Winter was significantly wetter than average getting the vines off to a brilliant start leading into Spring which was cool with median rainfall. Summer was mild and dry apart from rain on the last day. Autumn remained mild with generally perfect mid-20s weather combined with cool nights ensuring steady even ripening across all varieties. The 2022 yields were good and the quality is great, a classic Barossa vintage displaying rich flavours with fine balance.
Chenin Blanc grapes from 34-year-old vines for the White Pet Nat were harvested on March 14th. Grapes were harvested in the cool of the night to preserve maximum freshness and bright flavours. They were gently pressed in a pneumatic press, squeezing the berries and extracting the sweet juice. After settling for a day, the juice was racked and a cool, steady fermentation took place over a couple weeks. With a portion of residual grape sugar, the wine was hand-bottled, which the yeast fermented in the bottle, trapping the carbon dioxide in the wine and creating a naturally sparkling Chenin Blanc. This wine showcases the primal characters of this naturally made rare variety.
The 2022 Chenin Blanc Pet-Nat is cloudy pale-straw in appearance. It looks young and inviting, somewhat like fresh-pressed cloudy apple juice.
Bright and lifted, there are plenty of tropical aromatics, gooseberry, fresh-cut hay and some lemon scent that intriguingly mesh with vintage winery aromatics of fresh ferment and bready yeast.
The palate is crisp and flavoursome. The subtle natural carbonation adds another captivating dimension. Juicy white fruits throughout, some peach and pineapple balanced beautifully with a natural citrus acidity. The flavours continue to a very generous finish. This is a very delicious wine effusing the raw beauty of young vintage Chenin.
This wine is unfined, unfiltered and naturally cloudy!
You may notice some sediment in the bottle so therefore you have a few options…
1. Keep the bottle upright for 12+ hours to help settle the wine before serving
2. Pour through a fine sieve, cheesecloth or clean ‘chux’
3. Embrace the sediment, twirl the bottle and enjoy!
PS Remember to serve chilled and open carefully