Onward 2022 Little Darlin Pétillant Naturel
This wine is still 100% wine grapes, predominately Malvasia, with no flavorings or additives, but I changed things up a bit in the cellar.
Here I took un-pressed and still fermenting Malvasia Bianca grapes from the 2022 Skin Fermented Malvasia Bianca lot, after draining the free run from this tank. A small amount of filtered water was then added to the remaining unpressed must, where the grapes were foot tread and allowed to finish fermenting. To add complexity in flavors, after fermentation was complete this lot was pressed overtop of Pinot Noir skins, at which point the wine gained color and aromatic complexity.
To further gain aromatic complexity and layers, I splashed fermenting Malvasia Bianca into the pressed and settled wine and then hand bottled the wine, so it finished fermenting in bottle, making her a Pét Nat, loaded full of refreshing natural bubbles.
This label features a painting by daughter Chloe, she is my Little Darlin, who is both a talented artist and keen helper in the cellar..she did the majority of the foot treading on this lot.
Winemakers tasting Notes: Boasting loads of tart freshness with notes of wild raspberry, tart cranberry, cara cara oranges and a hint of white stilton and kumquat, all the while framed on a rebellious undercarriage of attitude that seems to boc in the face of boundaries. She is a true wild child who is having a refreshingly good time!