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Is Pét Nat the new Rosé? Here’s everything you need to know about this summer’s favourite.

It’s true. We all spent last summer behind the rose-tinted glasses of rosé, but we’re ready for a new shade of delicious and its name is Pét Nat. Actually, it’s ‘Pétillant Naturel’, but Pét Nat definitely has a lovely ring to it. If you haven’t heard of it just yet, you’re certainly about to because this naturally sparkling, fruity fusion is ready to burst onto the scene and into your glass.

We’re pretty practical, which is why Blackwood Hill’s Pét Nat is included in our ‘A Little Somethin’ Somethin’ pack, so you can try the bubbly & dry spritz for yourself while still indulging in your go-to red and white. To get you fully up to speed before your next picnic date with the girls, we’ve gathered everything you need to know right here. Study sessions have never been so fun!

  1. No need to be extra

Pét Nat is the closest you can get to having grapes plucked straight from the vineyard. Winemakers take wine that is still fermenting, bottle it and top it off with a crown cap. That’s  right, no cork. Next, they leave it sealed to ferment even further within the bottle. This means the bubbles are smaller than most sparkling wine, but that’s because no additional yeast or sugars are added in. We’re certainly happy to make that trade any day.

2. Older than sliced bread (and then some)

A wine with many names, Pét Nat is often referred to as ‘Méthode Ancestrale’. This refers to how the wine is actually made. In fact, the Ancestral Method predates the Traditional Champagne Method (aka Méthode Traditionelle). While the timeline specifics are a little murky, legend has it that this method of distilling drops happened hundreds of years ago and completely by accident. After long winters in France finally came to an end, wine began to re-ferment in cellars as temperatures rose, leading to plenty of surprise explosions. It’s no wonder it took a lot of trial and error to get the process right. 

3. Cloudy with a chance of #YUM

If you find your Pét Nat is a little murky, tart or has some sediment at the bottom – don’t panic. It hasn’t gone off and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. Because the fermentation process occurs within the bottle, this means it hasn’t been filtered over and over, and over. It’s okay to be a little spooked by a few bits at the bottom, most wines run through filters before the bottling process so it’s something a lot of us aren’t used to seeing. However, this cloudy drop is completely preservative-free and is perfectly fine to drink (plus, it’s bloody delicious). 

4. Oui, but not always

Although Pét Nat sounds strictly French, with its ‘Méthode Ancestrale’ and ‘Pétillant Naturel’ titles, this doesn’t mean it’s restricted to the vineyards of France. Pét Nat is an international jet-setter, produced all over the world including Italy, California and yes – some of the best right here in Aus! Wine just tastes better when you know it’s coming from home-grown talent. 

5. The lucky dip you’ll always win

Producing a Pét Nat is a game of technical skill and patience. This is because the winemaker doesn’t have access to the wine again, until people like us are popping the lid off it. This means, the flavours can be a little unpredictable. You’ll note a taste variation of sweet vs sour in every bottle you sip. No one likes getting bored, which makes this the perfect drop to keep you on your toes! 

There’s nothing we love more than trying something new, even more so when it slips perfectly into our weekend catch ups. As we said, the Pét Nat likes to walk on the wild side and can ferment many different ways but here’s a few things you can count on. Blackwood Hill’s Pet Net is vegan, hand-picked and co-fermented using Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grapes (aka wine superstars) – so you’re certainly in good hands. If you need A Little Somethin’ Somethin’, you know where to find it. 

Sunday Wine Co x

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