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“Hey Little Sister, what have you done? Hey Little Sister, who’s the only one?”
Pétillant-naturel is a wine style that is making a surge on the Aussie wine scene. And why not? The point of these wines is to have something bright and bubbly on hand that doesn’t cost you a month’s wages.
Here’s the perfect example of one such wine. Little Sister is a Pet-Nat made entirely from Pinot Noir grown on the Rickety Gate vineyard in Denmark. It spent two weeks undergoing carbonic maceration before being basket pressed and sent to bottle to finish fermentation.
It’s bright and bouncy and I dare you to not smile while drinking it.
What It Tastes Like
“Nips and tucks, ducks and weaves, a frothy flourish of jubes and currants and balsamic tang. It’s heady in its ripe, berry fruited, plummy perfume, bolstered with a sharp spice and citrussy lift. The bubbles froth and foam, the wine finishes on a jag of bitter lift. It’s got personality, even if a little wild.” - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
89 points. “Nips and tucks, ducks and weaves, a frothy flourish of jubes and currants and balsamic tang. It’s heady in its ripe, berry fruited, plummy perfume, bolstered with a sharp spice and citrussy lift. The bubbles froth and foam, the wine finishes on a jag of bitter lift. It’s got personality, even if a little wild.”
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
Rickety Gate Vineyard - Denmark.
Long whole bunch carbonic ferment then basket pressed to barrel to ferment naturally. No additives of any kind.
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2019
About the Producer
Brave New Wine
It is a Brave New World and these are, in every sense, Brave New Wines. This range is brought to you by husband and wife duo Andries and Yoko Lüscher-Mostert. They are making painfully small amounts of fascinating, experimental and delicious wine from some superb vineyards in Great Southern. With a vision of acquiring their own vineyard in the future, they are currently content to make wines that truly thrill them. These are natural wines crafted without additions but with bucket-loads of love and skill. Some of the most intriguing vino in WA and definitely a winery to keep an eye on.
The Great Southern is the largest wine region in the country. Though more and more, the label “Great Southern” is becoming redundant. It is the sub-regional exploration of terroir which is distinguishing this region. From Frankland River to Porongorup, from Mount Barker to Denmark, the detailed and stylish wines emerging from these sub-regions are some of the most intriguing in the country. No longer a “poor man’s Margaret River”, whether you love Riesling, Cabernet, Shiraz or Pinot, this stunning cool climate region will blow you away with the value and refinement inherent in everything it produces. And the good thing is, it is only getting better.
No variety captures the hearts and minds of the wine lover quite like Pinot Noir. It’s the unicorn of many a winemaker. Notoriously fickle to grow, this delicate red variety can deliver a kaleidoscope of flavours and aromas, from the bright and floral to the moody and mysterious and everything in between. The cooler regions of Australia are where Pinot Noir is most at home. Look to Tasmania and Victoria for the best examples, with some quality wines beginning to show from the Great Southern and from the cooler parts of NSW. Falling in love with Pinot Noir can be a life long affair, beware the charms of this most enchanting of grapes.
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