Pet Nat: What makes it unique?
Pet Nat wine, or pétillant nature, is a type of sparkling wine that has become increasingly popular in recent years. To truly appreciate and understand Pet Nat wine, let’s dive into what makes it so special, its characteristics and history.
Pet Nat is a natural wine that uses the ancestral method. This is a historic method of producing sparkling wine that predates the Champagne method. Unlike Champagne, Cava, or Franciacorta, which undergo a second fermentation in bottle, Pet Nat wines are bottled before the initial fermentation is complete. This allows the carbon dioxide produced during fermentation to create natural bubbles in the bottle. The resulting wine has a slightly effervescent, rustic and vibrant taste. Pet Nat wines are created with minimal intervention, and are often produced using organic or biodynamic farming methods. The ancestral method has a long history that dates back centuries and is believed to be the oldest method of producing sparkling wine. As winemaking practices have evolved and the Champagne method gained prominence, the ancestral method took a back seat, becoming less common until recent years.
Pet Nat wines are characterized by their minimal intervention winemaking approach. The grapes used for these wines depend on the region and are typically harvested when they have reached optimal ripeness. Pet Nat wines exhibit a wide range of flavors and aromas, often showcasing the true expression of the grapes and the terroir they come from. As the winemaking process is more hands-off, you can expect a more authentic taste experience. Since the wines are bottled early, they may showcase a slight cloudiness due to the presence of residual yeast and grape particles. This is considered a natural and charming aspect of these wines, highlighting their artisanal nature. Pet Nat wines are known for their fresh, lively, and fruit forward profiles, with flavors that can range from crisp citrus and orchard fruit to vibrant berries and tropical notes.
- Minimal Sulfites: Pet Nat wines are made with minimal/no added sulfites .
- Antioxidant Content: Pet Nat wines contain antioxidants derived from the grape skins, which can have numerous health benefits. They help fight free radicals in the bod, reducing oxidative stress.
- Supports Gut Health: Pet Nat wines made with wild yeasts can contribute to gut health. Wild yeasts naturally present on the grapes and in the winery can support the growth of beneficial gut bacteria.
- Lower Alcohol: Pet Nat wines often have a lower alcohol content compared to traditional sparkling wines.
Pet Nat wines are a natural wine that provide a unique tasting experience as well as an example of historical winemaking coupled with a modern resurgence. So why not try a bottle today and embark on a natural wine journey!