2020 E11EVEN SWAN SONG
Petillant Naturel (literally translates to Naturally Sparkling) is one of the most ancient and natural methods of crafting sparkling wine. It is always a very spontaneous and magical way to make a wine with the subtle bubbles of a fine Champagne. It is even more magical and rare to get to enjoy such a wine. For our Swan Song, we decided to focus on the beauty and purity of our old vine Estate Grown Chenin Blanc. We harvested the grapes a bit earlier than normal to preserve even more natural acidity and then gently pressed the grapes into a stainless steel barrel for spontaneous fermentation. Near the end of the alcoholic fermentation process, we put the wine in our Cold Room to arrest fermentation momentarily. We then carefully bottled this into traditional sparkling wine bottles and sealed them with a crown cap (beer closure). This newly bottled wine was allowed to warm slowly so that fermentation could once again start up. Because the bottle is sealed, there was no place for the gas to go, so it stayed in solution, naturally carbonating the wine in to a Pet' Nat. It is super fun and playful, delicate and delicious. We hope you are lucky enough to grab one of the very few bottles that we are releasing. Due to the natural and very hand-crafted nature of this wine, there are some residual yeast lees and tartrates that will easily settle to the bottom if the wine is chilled upright in the fridge prior to serving.