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2018
Wildman Wines
'Astro Bunny'
Pét-Nat
Riverland

2018
Wildman Wines
'Astro Bunny'
Pét-Nat
Riverland

The grapes were handpicked over two days, the Nero d'Avola and Vermentino coming in on the most romantic picking day of the year, Valentine's Day, while the 'not so loved' Zibibbo was taken on the 15th. The grapes were immediately transferred to a newly designed chill room built on the vineyard. They were delivered (extra-cold) to the winery in the Adelaide Hills the following morning.

The Nero d'Avola and Vermentino were destemmed and pressed immediately upon arrival while the Zibibbo was lightly crushed and given 24 hours of skin contact prior to being pressed, this really stabilizes the extraction of aromatics. The pink juice was transferred to a tank and the temperature dropped down to encourage settling of gross lees prior to the alcoholic ferment beginning. For the first time, Tim managed to rack the juice off of the gross lees prior to fermentation, something he has tried to do in the past but has failed. Doing this prior to ferment really provides a cleaner fermentation, thus resulting in more pristine and fruitier flavors.

Fermentation occurred without any additions and the tanks were progressively chilled slowing fermentation and promoting tartrate stabilization. (This is often a flaw of pét-nats as they can 'gush' and need to be hand disgorged due to the tartrates being unstable. Tim would rather 'fix' it with chilling prior to bottling than 'fix' it afterwards with disgorging. It was bottled with 12 grams of residual sugar with the aim of hitting 10 grams and 2-3 bars of pressure, which he nailed this year.

Pale candy pink, with aromas of strawberries and cream with a soft, persistent foam, flavors of peach and nectarine in a light body that has a refreshing, watermelon-like wetness and drinkability. Shake before opening, serve cold, recommended drinking location: park or beach.

  • Region: Riverland
  • Varietal: 50% Vermentino - 25% Nero d'Avola - 25% Zibibbo
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Vineyard: Ashley & Holly Ratcliff's Ricca Terra Farm
  • Soil Type: Windblown Sand over Limestone
  • TA: 3.7 grams per liter
  • Residual Sugar: 10 grams per liter | 2-3 atmospheres
  • Alcohol: 11%
  • Skin Contact: 24 hours (Zibibbo)
  • Oak: None - Stainless Steel
  • Production: 350 cases
Winery & Regional Information
RIVERLAND

In the Riverland, grape growers and winemakers are encouraging new styles and making full flavored wines that are popular the world over. Set within a panoramic backdrop of limestone cliffs, with their layers of color and texture, the Riverland follows the twists and turns of the Murray as it rolls toward the Ocean. Learn More »

WILDMAN WINES

RIVERLAND

It all started with a 'hare-brained' (bad pun) idea of making a bit of pét-nat (pétillant naturel). Why pét-nat? Here's the story. Learn More »

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