Somos Espumito! The Little Pet Nat
Blend: 73% Barbera, 20% Cortese, 7% Chardonnay
Region: McLaren Vale / Adelaide Hills
Style and Winemaking: Espumito is our take on a Pet Nat. We always talked about how tons of deliciousness from fine sparkling always came from yeast autolysis in long maturation times in bottle, yet that was impossible for something like a Pet Nat due to its nature. So we set our minds in trying to accomplish just that! We left Cortese and Chardonnay from 2019 blended and in a couple of barriques sitting on their own lees for a year, which is the component that brings that brioche, yeasty, nutty, textural autolytic character into the wine. Then we took some of our 2020 barrel-fermented Barbera and blended it with the Cortese and Chardonnay. We froze juice from our Barbera rosé and added once the blend was made and there was still ferment activity happening. Then it went to bottle and voilá! Espumito was born. A Pet Nat with bright crunchy acidity, citrus peel and confected red fruits from the Barbera, with green apple, flint, brioche, and faint nutty-like flavours coming from the Cortese + Chardonnay. No added SO2 and vegan friendly.
Barbera – McLaren Vale - Willunga
Cortese – Adelaide Hills – Basket Range
Chardonnay – Adelaide Hills - Macclesfield