Notes from Tim Wildman, the winemaker..: The Dark Side has become Heavy Pétting, it’s the same wine, albeit with a few tweaks to the style to make it more of a brother to the Astro Bunny. Heavy Pétting is 99% Nero d’Avola and 1% Zibibbo. Zero added sulphur, no other additions, no adjustments, just made from grapes. The aim with the 2017 Heavy Pétting was to keep the savoury. Lambrusco-like astringency that we’d achieved in the previous two year’s Dark Side, whilst pulling back a little on the bitterness and putting “a little bit more love in the glass”. In other words, making it fruitier, whilst still holding back from any hint of jammy confection, and making it more similar to the Astro Bunny in weight, texture, drinkability and fun-factor.