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Pét Nat (Pétillant Naturel), 2018

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2018 Prince Edward County 750 mL, 10.5% ALC/VOL

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  • Geisenheim
  • Gewürztraminer
  • Riesling

Critic's Rating89 pts


The grapes in this wine come from several smaller plots in the Trail Estate Vineyard and fermented entirely with skins-on. Consisting of 68% Riesling, 22% Geisenheim and 10% Gewürztraminer — with the exact ratio determined by whatever the harvest is in a given year. This is very much a field blend! Harvested first, the Geisenheim was wild-fermented on skins until dryness. Next, the Riesling grapes were harvested and crushed whole-cluster. These grapes were layered on the bottom of a tank and Gewürztraminer was destemmed on top. The already fermented Geisenheim was added on top of the Riesling and Gewürztraminer. It was pressed in a small basket press near the end of fermentation and bottled immediately without the addition of any yeasts, sugars or sulphurs — yielding naturally-ocurring bubbles. Nearly dry, complex, yet youthfully exuberant. Unfined and unfiltered. Serve chilled and handle gently. Drink young. Enjoy!

Note: some foaming-over is normal with Pet Nats. To minimize this make sure wine is well chilled and open cap slowly, wait 5-10 seconds and remove cap entirely.

Awards & Ratings

Critic’s Rating:

89 pts

About the 2017 Vintage: The 2017 Pét-Nat is a Prince Edward County raised field blend from the Trail Estate property, made up of 60 per cent riesling, (30) geisenheim and (10) gewürztraminer. Just a bit of skin-contact (on average eight days) is dealt the péttilant-naturel one, first for geisenheim harvested on September 28th and then the others, picked on October 6th. There is nary an addition of yeast, sugar or sulphur with the end result being a naturally-ocurring, singular sort of bubble. It's pretty mousey upon pour and then morphs into this dry lemon curd, drier and more citrsusy than many. It's notably tannic from skin-contact, good, plenty and fun. The low alcohol and Brut level sugar makes for a sapid and savoury sparkling experience. Smells just like Pét-Nat should, regardless of the varieties or the place of origin, with that citrus-tonic bitterness that's so refreshing. Just a minor hit of funky volatility is expressed on the finish. Open it in the sink, chilled cold, because it will foam up upon release. Drink it young for its freshness is essential. Drink 2018-2019. Tasted April 2018.

- Michael Godel


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