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2021 Pet Nat

Shiraz, Chardonnay

Burgundy, France


The yeast stirs into suspension upon opening to give a haze to the deep watermelon colour, and the wine seems iridescent in the glass.

The wine bubbles and foams excitedly, casting aromas of pink grapefruit, red apples, and sourdough leaven. It smells fresh and full of life. On the palate, the bubbles give the wine a lightness and a sherbet-like fizz with flavours of blackcurrant and citrus before a dry finish.

While young, the wine is full of bright fruit and as it ages, we expect biscuity flavours will be released from the yeast giving the wine an extra layer of complexity. We don’t think we would wait to drink it though!

Tokar Estate’s first Pét Nat was made from Estate-grown Shiraz and Chardonnay grapes that were planted in the 1990s. The Chardonnay grapes were hand-picked and pressed before going into a stainless-steel tank for fermentation, with the Shiraz following about a week later.

The deep-red Shiraz juice was added to the Chardonnay to ferment together. Careful monitoring of the depleting sugar levels was followed to ensure that the ideal sugar concentration was achieved before bottling. Too much sugar meant that the bottles could explode, but too sugar little could result in a flat wine. The wine was bottled in the Goldilocks zone and the fermentation was complete within a month.

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