Chenin Pet'Nat 2021
AT THE WINERY
For Pet’Nat, we watch the sugar and acid levels carefully to make sure the sparkling wine comes out delicate and floral, with bright, refreshing acidity. In August, Michael Cruse of Ultramarine in Petaluma, put his sparkling wine technology to work disgorging, removing any leftover yeast and solids, and then refilling and re-capping each bottle to deliver a consistent, evenly sparkling wine.
A cold spring led to a moderate summer without significant heat spikes through harvest. Overall, 2021 harvest arrived late, giving even the traditionally early-picked grapes longer time on the vine to develop nuanced flavor. The absence of heat waves in 2021 allowed for retention of striking acidity.
Aromas of lemon-lime and lemon meringue kissed with riper tropical fruit and sour apple candy. Up front fizz brings crunch and crispness. The acidity brings laser beam focus through the floating texture of the fine bubble bead. Soft poach pear complimented by the pervasive lemon zest.