Petane Pétillant Naturel 2022
With hand-picked Chardonnay grapes in late summer, this Blanc de Blancs is a rustic unfussy wine with a foamy mousse and freshly baked bread aromas. It’s refreshing, fruity and perky on the palate with layers of nashi pear, granny smith apple and lemon zest. To be enjoyed during the summer months, well chilled to quell that dissolved CO2. Unfiltered and unfined, this is a charming lo-fi natural wine.
We will always remember 2022 as the anit-vintage compared to the previous two perfect vintages but immaculate timing, when it came to picking - based on acid levels as opposed to brix - elevated this wine to surpass it’s predecessors in structure and balance.
Hand-picked 548 clone Chardonnay grapes from our ‘Puriri’ block were whole bunch pressed and the juice put into a stainless-steel tank where it was cold settled for 24 hours then racked into its fermentation tank. No yeast or additions were made, apart from some organic yeast nutrient, to help complete the wild ferment. The decision when to bottle is always a challenging one, too much unfermented sugars and you have a too fizzy bottle rocket in your hands, too little sugars and you have all sausage without the sizzle. Much like the picking decision, I had to base my bottling decision on experience, taste and sugar levels. The ferment tank was chilled down to 2 degrees C for 48 hours then lifted onto my trailer, driven back to our vineyard and gravity bottled at Zeelandt Brewery by the same crew who picked the grapes.