2021 Le Vilain Gris Pétillant
New pet nat from the legendary Basket Range wildman Anton Van Klopper. SOOOO fun, this one! A lovely salmon colour, it bubbles over your tongue like gentle crystal water flowing over gravel pebbles. Mmmm, close your eyes. A delicate palate of fresh strawberries, rose petals and white peach take you to your happy place.
The fruit is from Robert Surmann’s vineyard in Totness, which has 30-year-old vsp-trained and spur-pruned vines on black sandy soil overlying petrified schist. The grapes were destemmed and left to rest for four days to allow the juice to soak up the flavour, colour and a little tannin from the skins. It was then pressed to a 680L ceramic egg and fermented for two weeks until there was the perfect amount of sugar to finish in bottle with a good level of spritz. It was aged on lees in bottle for five months and then disgorged. No additions, as always.