Te Aro Wine Co Toil and Trouble Hawke’s Bay Pét Nat 2018

Te Aro Wine Co Toil and Trouble Hawke’s Bay Pét Nat 2018 $27.50

Created by Jules Van Costello (owner of Cult Wines and Te Aro Wines)  from sauvignon blanc sourced from the Bridge Pa sub-region (with a teensy splash of Marlborough sauvignon blanc to kickstart the ferment, this is a hyper fizzy, crown-sealed firecracker to help you see out the summer. I’m not a huge fan of the label because it reminds me of something from a Gruffalo book (modern parenting reference there…) – but that’s beside the by.  Pétillant-naturel, more commonly known by its nickname pét-nat, is an ancient French winemaking technique dating back to the 1500s.  Its name means ‘naturally sparkling,’ and that’s exactly what it is. Crafted using a method called méthode ancestrale, pét-nat’s are bottled before finishing primary fermentation so that they can complete fermentation in-bottle.  The Te Aro version is cloudy, fizzy and a bit wild because the winemaker can’t change anything once it’s in the bottle.  Pétillant-naturel’s (which are viewed as natural wines)  are meant to be drunk young, and this golden-hued example has green apple and herbal tones, funkiness in the mid-palate and wild, woolly length of flavour.  Craft beer fans should give this a nudge.


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