Like other groundbreaking movements, the natural wine avant-garde didn't come out of the blue. Most of its methods were already used before but a lot of them were forgotten or neglected in times of increasingly unifying and global trends. Sparkling wines produced in the methode ancestrale - so called "pét nats" (pétillant-naturel) - are a prime example. Pét nats run through a second fermentation in the bottle and their production demands care and experience. Done well, they produce great results. They're without any doubt more interesting and quaffable than whatever comes out of a pressure tank. Which is why they were reborn by a group of young French winemakers some years ago and in the meantime made their leap to Gols.
The Pitt Nat Rosé comprises Blaufränkisch, Merlot and Syrah grapes which are whole bunch-pressed, spontaneously fermented and bottled with 20-25 grams of residual sugar still left to ferment. This happens in the bottle where the remaining sugar transforms into carbon dioxide and alcohol. After a December night out in the cold (to freeze the yeasts in the bottleneck) our pét nats get disgorged and refilled with the same wine.
Fun to drink at breakfast, lunch, dinner and even at New Year’s Eve – although summer is the season where it performs best. Copper-coloured mousse. Unifies cranberries, rose petals and grapefruit. Bone-dry, energetic, dynamic and enticing. Vibrant, fresh and light-hearted finish. - Gerhard Pittnauer