Pet Nat – or rustic, farmhouse sparkling wine created by producing a fermentation in the bottle – is to sunshine as gumboots are to muddy puddles… you don’t have to have either of them to enjoy the other but you’re a whole lot happier if you do. The fruit in 2020 wasn’t plentiful but what there was of it sure was beautiful. The growing season started cool and wet, shifted gears radically into drought and two back-to-back early heat waves, and finished off long and unseasonably mild. The fruit that made it through the madness is delicate, pretty and well-balanced. Light, white pear flavours and enticing frizz. You’ll find yourself praying for summer sunshine or just sitting under a warm, bright light with your glass and pretending it’s here.
100% Basket Range Chardonnay. Whole-bunch pressed to concrete ‘egg’ fermenter. Fermented until nearly dry.