This Pinot Meunier Pét-Nat grew up in a terrifically named vineyard, the Peacock Corner, in Oakbank, a town east of Adelaide. Parents Uffe and Jens (also terrifically named), dreamt up this wine on a starry night out in the Hills, and brought it into the world soon thereafter. Its name would be ‘Sterjenat’ – or really, ‘SterjeNat’ – because Uffe and Jens were born with superior linguistic genes than the rest of us plebs. With the lowercase ‘n’, it means a clear, starry night, and with the uppercase ‘N’, it becomes a Dutch jeu de mots, if you will. It’s a beautiful, fizzy little thing, and it is best consumed under a night sky, reflecting little shimmers of its natural habitat.
The grapes come from a 35-year-old vineyard called Peacock Corner in the Adelaide Hills. The juice receives just one hour of skin contact before being pressed off into to stainless-steel tanks for the first part of its fermentation. With a small amount of residual sugar remaining, it is bottled, allowing for a natural capturing of CO2 inside the bottle, like little shooting stars. And that’s it; no fining, filtering, or added sulfur.