Benjamin Bridge Pet Nat 2020 750 ml
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Five years ago, Benjamin Bridge released Nova Scotia’s first Petillant Naturel - a 100% Geisenheim small lot offering, at the time exclusively available to our BB Club membership. We were captivated by the aromatic compatibility between Geisenheim and this unique sparkling style, a combination that would serve as the blueprint for what has now become a staple and a cornerstone of our wine program.
The 2020 vintage has led to some of our most generously perfumed and aromatic wines to date, and this new Pet Nat is no exception. The warmer, solar growing season produced a Geisenheim reaching superlative fragrance and texture, seamlessly conveyed by this low-intervention wine.
Pétillant Naturel is the ancestor of all sparkling wines, and most importantly, the sparkling style that is by far the least manipulated. It simply consists of a wild fermented wine with nothing added (including no sulphites), then bottled prior to completing its primary alcoholic fermentation. Thanks to a small amount of natural sugars and the wild yeast from the grapes present, the fermentation finishes inside every bottle.
The result is a raw and living wine that is perceptibly cloudy and hazy when poured. This cloudiness comes from fermentation sediments and is a desirable validation of this natural style, and serving as a testament to the absence of unnecessary processing interventions.
“In the glass, a hazy golden colour with a flaxen hue. On the nose, hints of orange confit and kafir lime are complicated by mineral notes of crushed rocks. The palate is airy; a weightless wine once again channeling fresh suggestions of lemon zest
and grapefruit oil. More exotic and tropical notes emerge on a persistent finish.”
Varietals: 100% Geisenheim
RS: 0 g/L
Brix (avg. at harvest): 18°
Recommended drinking: 2021-2023
Service Temperature: 3°C
Sulphite free, gluten-free & vegan friendly