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2022

‘StjerneNat’

Pinot Meunier   |   Adelaide Hills - Australia

About

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.

Stats

  • Grapes: 100% Pinot Meunier
  • Vineyard: Peacock Corner, Oakbank
  • Vine Age: 35-years-old
  • Soil Type: Sandstone - siltstone - shale
  • Viticulture: Practicing organic
  • Fermentation: Native — stainless-steel
  • Skin Contact: 1 hour
  • Aging: Aged in bottle
  • Alcohol: 12%
  • pH: 3.43
  • Total Acidity: 5.87
  • Total SO2: None added
  • Total Production: 100 cases
  • UPC: None

Tasting Notes

Aromatics of rose, pomegranate, and cherry swirl from the glass. On the palate, this wine is bright, fruity and creamy, with clearly perceptible and clean little bubbles, which hit the roof of the mouth and burst like a million shooting stars. It’s dainty yet deep, like looking up at a clear, starry night on a cold winter day.

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