19 Offshoot Pét Nat Sauvignon Blanc
This new range allows the younger generation of Hunter's to experiment with new techniques and presentation.
Offshoot Sauvignon Blanc is different from the rest, this Pet Nat (pétillant naturel) was bottled whilst still fermenting to create a naturally carbonated sparkling wine.
Techniques can be compared to a Coopers Beer or an apple cider, this wine is naturally cloudy, with sediment, which is a result of the natural fermentation in bottle.
It contains minimal sulphites and is perfect served cold on a warm spring or summer afternoon in the sun!
Harvest Date March/April 2019
Total Acidity 8.9 g/l
Residual Sugar 1.85 g/l
Bottling Date April 2019
Pétillant Naturel (pet nat) translates to naturally sparkling. To achieve carbonation, we bottle the wine while it is still fermenting and close the bottle with a crown seal. The yeast continues to ferment the sugars, producing carbon dioxide that becomes trapped in solution.
The wine is cloudy as there is no filtration prior to bottling.
The sediment at the bottom of the bottle is the dead yeast cells that settle once the fermentation process has completed.
We used Sauvignon Blanc because it is a variety that is full of character, especially when grown in Marlborough. This Pet-Nat provides a little glimpse at the type of wine our Winemakers are used to tasting in the winery, before wines are prepared for bottling.
90 Points – Decanter Best, Tina Gellie (June 2020)- “ The first vintage of this tangy pet nat, made from the same grapes as the still Sauvignon Blanc, but bottled while still fermenting to give its light sparkle. It's naturally cloudy and bone dry, with vibrant tropical fruit, green apple and a ginger zing. Perfect to cut through rich pork...”
GOLD - Sommelier Wine Awards 2020 "Cloudy and very leesy, in quite an earthy, mineral style, with freshness and personality. This would be good as an aperitif for adventurous customers.' Angela Reddin, team leader. 'Crunchy apple and pear, along with apricot, lime and lemon, and notes of yoghurt from the unfiltered lees. This would be a lovely pairing with something like cod mantecato, Venetian-style. Great stuff"
BRONZE - Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2020
Vino Veritas Wine Shop, Instagram, October 2019 “Their new Pet Nat, the same grapes as the regular sauvignon blanc but it’s allowed to ferment in the bottle, creating a naturally sparkling wine. Awesome!”
90 Points - James Suckling - "A pet nat with plenty of solids, this has extremely, tangy, bright, fresh passionfruit and pineapple and delivers as a fizzy, alcoholic, tropical fruit punch. Thoroughly decent party juice."
94 points - Cameron Douglas MS - "On the nose - varietal, fruity, herbaceous, tropical and organic. Sweet herbs and pineapple, lemon, grapefruit and barely sugar. The effervescence and mousse is quite intense, but seems well placed for the style. Flavours of citrus and preserved apple, some gentle ginger spice and hay, pineapple and fresh herb. This is a wine with a difference - balanced, fresh, well made with a refreshing palate appeal and finish. Drink now and through 2022.”
91 Points - Dr Jamie Goode - "Cloudy, complex, tangy and bright with lovely citrus fruit, as well as elderflower and peach notes. Such vivid fruit here with lovely lemony focus and real precision, showing nice acidity.”