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2017 Sassafras White Ancestral Sparkling

Tumbarumba & Canberra, NSW

Possibly Australia's finest Pet Nat!

HIGH SCORE

$27.00

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About
Among the best examples of the style in Australia.

Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

About The Wine

Few producers pushing the Pet-Nat envelope as far as Paul Starr at Sassafras in the Canberra district.

He never sits still, constantly refining his take on the ancient sparkling technique. And the results are seriously impressive. The 2017 Sassafras Chardonnay Savagnin Ancestral is one of his best to date.

Ned Goodwin MW gave it huge wraps in the 2019 Halliday Wine Companion rating it a massive 96 points - the higest score for any Pet-Nat in the country.

Perhaps a leading producer in this wine style for Australia - if you'd like to try some 'serious' Pet-Nat, then the offerings from Sassafras are an excellent place to kick off.

Additional Info

From The Producer

Our 2017 Chardonnay Savagnin Ancestral is made with Chardonnay grapes from Tumbarumba and Savagnin from Canberra. The Savagnin drives the aromatics and flavour of this wine with a crisp citrus-driven palate and a fine bubble. The wine smells of apples, lemon sherbert and gentle florals.

Made by the Ancestral method, using the original grape sugars and yeast, it was carbonated in this bottle. Like a bottle-conditioned ale or cider, there will be a small amount of yeast at the bottom, so chill upright. 

Blend : Chardonnay, Savagnin
ABV : 12.50%
Closure : Crown
Drink Until : 2019
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

96Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"Among the best examples of the style in Australia. The Ancestrale method, aka �Pet Nat', refers to a gentle sparkling expression for which the first fermentation is finished in bottle, leaving varying degrees of sweetness married to a soft, frothy bead of fizz. Scrumptious cider-like aromas of bosc pear and red apple are coaxed across a light body of frothy freshness, by a gentle fizz and leesy nourishment. This hits the right balance between dryness, texture, weight and energy. Delicious!" - Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

93Points
The Wine Front

"More magic in the naturally sparkling department from top pet nat mob Sassafras. Unnerving consistency with the tricky-to-make-good style. Here savagnin and chardonnay get together, a Jura-esque coupling nurtured to brisk fizz by the continuing ferment in bottle. Cool gear. Everyone around the bench loved this. Shook the bottle out into last glass.Spicy, flinty start, almost breathtaking, definitely eye-watering in its citrus and steel lift in perfume, very fresh you could say. Touch of creamy depth to taste, blistering acidity underlying, good foamy bubbles, starburst of ripe, juicy, lemony tang to finish. Joyful stuff. This is great drinking. No brainer." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Delivery

Delivery is Free for any order of $99 or more, or just $10 for any orders less than $99. There is no minimum order quantity and you can mix and match as much as you like. Make your perfect mixed pack! In Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Byron Bay we deliver with our own vans. All other areas are serviced by Australia Post.

Sydney Metro orders in the Pink Zone will be delivered the next day 5 days per week, Monday through Friday. Orders in the Blue Zone will be delivered on Tuesdays and Fridays. Everything outside these zones will be delivered by Australia Post.

Melbourne Metro orders are picked up at 12pm from our Sydney warehouse every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and delivered the following day in Melbourne (Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri). Please refer to this map to see if your address is considered Melbourne Metro here. Everything outside of this zone will be dispatched next business day with Australia Post.

Brisbane Metro orders are picked up from our Sydney warehouse every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 12pm and delivered on Thursday or Friday. Please refer to this map to see if your address is considered Brisbane Metro here. Everything outside of this zone will be dispatched next business day with Australia Post.

Australia Wide Deliveries To the rest of Australia we use Australia Post. The Australia Post Collection Truck picks up orders from our Sydney warehouse every weekday at midday. If your order is placed before 12pm we’ll get it on the truck that day. Delivery times vary considerably with Australia Post and unfortunately there is no Express Delivery Option for wine (because it is fragile and heavy). PLEASE NOTE that we are currently seeing significant delays in the Australia Post delivery network. Strict government health and safety requirements and very high parcel volumes are causing significant backlogs at the main NSW and VIC sorting facilities. Orders are still arriving safe and sound but you may notice slower delivery times and less frequent scanning updates than usual.

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