Lush yet thirst slaking – the Bianco Pet Nat this year goes to another level in flavour and texture. Ripe tropical fruits burst from the glass on the nose, while the palate leans into the citrus spectrum – preserved lemon, briney saltiness. With a touch of residual sugar left once the ferment gave out in bottle, the fizz is gentle while the lemon curd creaminess envelopes your palate and provides satisfying length and generosity. With acid for days, this wine performs a true disappearing act from the bottle.
Fermented in stainless steel with wild vineyard yeast, the wine was bottled under crown seal to finish ferment, resulting in the Petillant Naturel, lightly sparkling style. The Sherwood Estate in Loxton North, owned by the Proud family, has the only planting of Bianco d’Alessano in Australia – a late ripening, aromatic variety that holds acid beautifully and is completely at home in the hot dry Riverland climate.