2021 Ravensworth Riesling Ancestral Pet Nat

Right at the top of the pile for Pet Nats in Aus, the Ravensworth Riesling Ancestral offers a more serious expression of this ancient wine style.
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Here's another out of Bryan Martin's 'Weird Stuff' portfolio.

Pétillant Naturel (Pét-Nat) is a traditional way of making lightly sparkling wines. Essentially, the winemaker will bottle the wine before the ferment is complete and allow it to kick on inside the bottle. The wines are super interesting, constantly evolving in the bottle, progressively becoming more and more wonderful. They are alive...

The Ravensworth Pét-Nat is made from 100% estate grown Riesling. The fruit was pressed as whole bunches straight into two 700L ceramic eggs, the cloudy juice was then bottled and sealed with a crown.

Bryan Martin has made this wine style one of his specialties over the last few years. This release looks better than ever.

Some skin contact and then pressed straight into ceramic eggs. Then left to its own devices, encouraged with positive thoughts, I wished it well but didn't influence its journey: parenting and winemaking 101. With about 10g/l of fermentable sugar still present, the wine was put, for want of a better verb, into sparkling wine bottles and then left to finish. This created a natural sparkle, about two atmospheres, which means, if you are French, petillant natural.

That's all really, think of this wine as one that is fluid, as in ever changing. The yeast sediment is still there and will change the wine as it ages. Right now its fresh and zesty, cider like but these lees will add more flavour. Best to chill before opening and do this carefully, a natural wine means no 'agents' where added to stop it gushing. Roll the bottle to stir the sediment and then open and pour..

93 Points - "Delicious! Effervescent, limey, lemony, appley, licks of almond and halva. It's a complex, intriguing perfume, it's got layers to flavour and still retains bounce and freshness. It's a wonderful example of the pet nat style and nails the vivacity and detail expected from the variety in the region. Ripping drink. Guzzle in the sun with impunity." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    A delicious Riesling in a Pet Nat style

    An aromatic nose exhibiting peach, citrus fruit and subtle tropical fruit notes. On the palate, peach, lime, lemon, grapefruit pith and yeast.

    Cloudy, dry, medium body, crisp acidity, delicate bubbles.

    Overall, delicious.

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Bryan Martin is one of the most creative and inquisitive winemakers we've ever met. After leaving his position as winemaker alongside Tim Kirk at Canberra regional flagbearer, Clonakilla, Bryan went full steam in on his own label Ravensworth, which has firmly hit cult status amongst collectors.

He and his wife Jocelyn have a beautiful property outside of Murrumbateman which is home to all of their excellent Estate wines and Bryan also searches surrounding vineyards and out to the Hilltops region to compile his excellent value Regional series of wines. Sustainability and an unwavering commitment to quality across the board underpin the entire operation at Ravensworth. Perhaps best known for his benchmark Shiraz Viognier and textural Rieslings, Bryan is also arguably the country's best producer of Sangiovese and is a true master of the dark art of skin-contact whites.

Bryan embodies everything we love about small artisanal Australian producers. He is humble, irreverent, committed to the pursuit of excellence and always looking to explore. Quite simply, if you see a Ravensworth wine anywhere, you should buy it.

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