2022 The Story Prosecco Pet Nat

Textural, thoughtful Pet Nat made in a slightly different style from Rory Lane.

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This isn't a classic Pet Nat from Rory Lane, it's a slightly modified take on the traditional sparkling style.

Instead of bottling the primary ferment before it's dry, Rory ferments this dry then allows it to rest on lees for a year, before adding back some unfermented juice from the following year to induce the fizz.

The theory behind this is that this method gives you a more textural style of sparkling and it's also a cleaner end product rather than some of the wilder characters that can be produced by the traditional method.

Essentially this is a creamy, fizzy, fruity wine that delivers a level of complexity you don't often find in Pet Nat.

The 2022 Prosecco Col Fondo is once again from the wonderful Box Grove Vineyard at Nagambie. Col Fondo, or ‘with the bottoms’ is a traditional sparkling wine method from northern Italy, that uses bottle fermentation and retention of the yeast sediment to give bubbles and texture. It is not a ‘pet nat’ per se, as we do not bottle the primary ferment - instead we allow the dry base wine to sit on gross lees in tank for 12 months before re-innoculating with fresh grape juice from the following vintage. It will be naturally cloudy, and the better for it!

The 2022 Season was again cool, with reduced yields from a little early season frost. The flavours of the juice were beautiful and intense with greater than average acidity, which gave extra crisspness and freshness to the wine, and helped guide the decision to ferment naturally in 3000lt foudre instead of stainless. The wine has more complexity, chalkiness and savoury characters than 2021, with a ‘wilder’ edge to it. More time on lees will see the bead become finer and flavours develop further toasty complexity, but it’s good to go now. You can stand it up in the fridge and allow it to settle clear, or you can shake it (lightly) to get the full yeasty experience.

The Story

Rory Lane, the main man at The Story, didn't have an entirely conventional path to the wine world. With a degree in ancient Greek tragedy, comparative literature, and politics, he stumbled into winemaking and found he had more than a knack for it.

Since 2004, he's been tinkering with predominantly Rhône varieties in the Grampians, turning out some unique expressions from this Shiraz-heavy region. His winery is located in the city suburbs of Melbourne, not your typical winery setting, but it suits him down to a tee.

Rory's winemaking philosophy is to keep it relatively simple and hands-off. Grapes arrive, get gently processed, and then are left to their own devices with minimal interference. No additives, no excessive tinkering. Just good, solid, classic winemaking producing some exceptional value wines.

Winemaker Rory Lane The Story

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