2020 Wildman Wine Piggy Pop Pet-Nat

McLaren Vale, SA

Full-throttle red Pet Nat from the Pet Nat Wildman himself!


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Categories: Natural & Lo-Fi Wines
Pizza friendly. Serve cold, no need to shake before opening.

Tim Wildman (owner/winemaker)

About The Wine

The Piggy Pop (formerly Heavy Petting) Pet Nat is the wild creation of notable UK Master of Wine, Tim Wildman.

Each year Tim makes the pilgrimage from the UK to South Australia to pursue his bespoke Pet Nat project.  2020 was a challenging year with bushfires limiting volumes, so the Nero d'Avola fruit has been added to with some lovely McLaren Vale Mataro.

Piggy is a fun times wine, filled to bursting point with fresh berries and licorice, a fine creamy mousse and refreshing acidity.   Such a fun wine with as much personality as its creator.

About Wildman Wines

The Piggy Pop and Astro Bunny Pet Nats are the wild creation of notable UK Master of Wine, Tim Wildman.

Each year Tim makes the pilgrimage from the UK to South Australia to pursue his bespoke Pet Nat project.

These wines are made with sustainably-grown varieties that thrive in the warm Australian climate.

Tim is emphatic that wine should fall into one of two categories: fun or fine. These wines sit firmly in the former category.

Tim chowing down on Nero d
Tim chowing down on Nero d'Avola
Riverland, SA
Additional Info

From The Producer

The 2020 vintage presented us with low crops as a result of disruptive weather during flowering, and our Nero vineyard was 50% down on crop yield. To make up for this we had to find another red variety that would complement the Nero and provide the Mediterranean freshness and bright acidity that we need. After much searching, we found a neighbouring block of Mataro (aka Mourvèdre) which provided the fresh acid we were after with an additional punch of spicy fruit weight. We’re very happy with how it has married with the Nero.

Both varieties were hand-harvested on 6th March in the cool of dawn to retain freshness. The fruit was transferred directly to the Lodestone winery in the neighbouring Adelaide Hills. We fermented with 25% whole-bunches for a few hours before pressing the juice off skins. We wanted to achieve an even lighter colour this year, making it a rosé with a hazy blood orange hue. The intense fruit allowed us to carry out a short skin maceration time whilst achieving great intensity in the final wine — that’s the secret behind the Piggy! The wine was bottled with 12 g/L residual sugar and completed its fermentation in the bottle over winter, becoming fully dry and resulting in a final pressure of 2.5 to 3-bar, producing a gentle foam. Wild yeast, no adds, no filtration, no fining, zero sulphur = 100% natural goodness.

Blend : Nero d'Avola (50%), Mataro (50%)
ABV : 13%
Closure : Crown
Drink Until : 2021

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

Sweet berries and plums, a cavalcade of exotic spice, dark cocoa and licorice root floods from the glass. The fizz is fins and creamy, a light touch of natural yoghurt and a tart finish of cranberry and blueberries. Delish. - Different Drop Wine Team

DDS review

Hazy blood orange pink with foaming jewel-like bubbles, the aromas explode out of the glass with a riot of red currant, pomegranate and spice. The palate is fresh and juicy with a snap, crackle and pop of Nero acidity on the finish to keep it mouthwatering. Pizza friendly. Serve cold, no need to shake before opening. - Tim Wildman (owner/winemaker)


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