2016 Petillant Naturel Rose
2016 Pétillant Naturel Rosé
38.8% Malbec | Nara Vineyards
9.7% Malbec | Bolen Vineyards
32.1% Malvasia Bianca | Farm House Vineyards
19.4% Cabernet Sauvignon | Nara Vineyards
Alcohol: 10.2% | pH: 3.36
TA: 6.8 | RS: 15
VA: 0.38 | Malic Acid: 2.7
Aging: none. Méthode Ancestrale
755 cases produced
Bottled: January 2016
The winemaking team was intrigued by Pétillant-Naturel as a style of winemaking, thus it was first born to William Chris in 2014. It is often called “Pét-Nat” because of the ease on the tongue and lack of embarrassment when pronouncing. Pétillant-Naturel or “naturally sparkling” is a term for wine made in the Méthode Ancestrale, meaning the wine is bottled before primary fermentation is finished and without the addition of secondary yeast or sugars. Méthode Ancestrale was actually the predecessor to the creation of champagne and how Dom Pérignon found the champagne method. This wine is unique in that it is lightly bubbly and often cloudy because fermentation is finished inside the bottle and does not experience filtration. A crown cap is used because it follows the true Ancestrale Méthode. The juice for this Pet-Nat Rosé is mainly derived from the Saignée (sen-yee) method, which is the use of a portion of the drained liquid when pressing red grapes. Drinkers of William Chris wines should expect this distinct wine to be in the portfolio for years to come. Drink now through Spring 2018.
The wine, made mainly from Malbec and Malvasia Bianca, is naturally sparkling and bottled before primary fermentation, with no added yeasts or sugars. It's a conversation-starter as well as a testament to the creativity and innovation right now of the wine industry in Texas.
-Cathy Huyghe, Forbes.com "The Wine We Want"
It’s difficult not to like something that is so beautifully pink in color. Strikingly drier and leaner that the previous year’s pet nat– this is full of fresh and under-ripe strawberries and fresh rose petals. The finish is crisp with touches of blood orange and ripe apricot notes. If you can keep yourself from tossing back this delicious juice, you can even smell notes of the vineyards in the wine. Drink now!
-June Rodil, Master Sommelier, McGuire Moorman Hospitality’s Beverage Director