This Pét-Nat is floral and fruity, but refreshingly bone-dry. The opening aromatics are like sticking your nose in a fermentation vat, with yeasty brioche notes and lively youthful freshness. To follow are notes of night blooming jasmine, citrus blossom, melon rind, warm Kaffir lime scones with preserved lemon…and a refreshing hint of sea air….and did I mention soft tiny delicate bubbles!
This wine stays true to the nature of an authentic Pétillant Naturel style wine: I encouraged native yeast fermentation, which finished in the bottle, with no sugar or other juice added.
This is a pure expression of sparkling wine and she my friends, is a spirited lady!
The Pétillant Naturel is Onward’s sparking expression of Malvasia Bianca from Capp Inn Ranch.
The wine was moved from tank to bottle by gravity. Everything to do with bottling lady Pét-Nat has to be done by hand because she is still fermenting (meaning full of CO2 gas) and needs to be handled with care. I bottled the wine with a small amount of lees, allowing the fermentation to complete in bottle and left the wine un-disgorged (with sediment) in bottle. I feel this adds purity and complexity that would be lost if removed. The bottles were aged while the fermentation finished, then labeled and left finished with a crown cap.
Making this wine is an emotional journey which is truly about passion. The journey began from my enjoyment of this style of wine from the old world producers and was only strengthened by my love of the expression specific to the Malvasia from Capp Inn Ranch. I make it because I love it so and every year she teaches me something new…often it is a personal lesson about balance and patience. This wine is here to help us celebrate life and its everyday treasures and joys!