Ngeringa Pet Nat 2021
This lightly bubbly Rosé has a delicious nose of exotic flowers and musk, pithy grapefruit, blood orange and citrus blossom. On the palate there is a mixed fruit salad experience that is light, refreshingly fruity, with a dry, textured finish.
For the first time in a few years, the team at Ngeringa had reasonable winter rains going into spring of 2020 and also some good follow-up rains right into early summer. A significant difference to the two previous seasons was no late season frost, no hail and favourable weather around flowering for all grape varieties. The vine carried a bumper crop going into veraison! A much milder than average summer with no severe heat spikes resulted in a perfect long ripening season allowing optimal ripening conditions for our biggest crop to-date, - over double the quantity harvested from the minuscule vintages of 2019 and 2020. It’s rare that amazing quality, concentration and finesse come together with a vintage of good quantity.
Site(s): Grapes from all 3 Ngeringa vineyard sites: Rufus, Summit and Iluma.
3 vineyard sites total 5 hectares and are on easterly and westerly aspects at the base of the Mount Barker Summit. They are part of a biodiverse 75 hectare biodynamic farm on the south-eastern edge of the Adelaide Hills. Mount Barker Summit defines these sites ranging from 330 to 420 meters of elevation. Our vineyard soils are loam over clay, with varying influences of ironstone and micaceous schist. Ngeringa has been certified biodynamic since the late 1980’s with no chemical sprays, fertilizers or insecticides applied.
A blend of whole bunch pressed Syrah and Pinot Noir Rose, Viognier and Pink Semillon. The Syrah and Pinot were picked relatively early for freshness and acidity, whole-bunch pressed and fermented in barrels and concrete egg - shaped vessels. The Viognier and Pink Semillon were picked at good maturity level to express the more exotic aromatics. Both were fermented with about 7 to 10 days skin contact before also being pressed into barrels. Once nearly dry, the Syrah, Pinot, Viognier and Pink Semillon were blended and sweetened with some frozen juice to 14g/L before being bottled in the middle of June 2021. Fermentation finished in the bottle resulting in a light bubbly sparkling. No enzymes, no fining, no filtration.
Grape(s): Pink Semillon, Viognier, Pinot Noir and Syrah
Awards & Accolades
Ngeringa – September 2, 2021:
89 points by Mike Bennie, The Winefront
“Biodynamic farming of the highest order. Ever tried the veggies from Ngeringa? Unreal. Flavour town.
Colourful, exotic pet nat, balsamic lift is noted in bouquet, sour cherry, in the tart zone before you even sip it but that’s a-ok in the style. Cidery to taste with a splash of kombucha, a bit of red berry sweetness, creamy, savoury-yeasty finish. Feels fun and of an ilk; wilder edged pet nat.”