2022 Patio Nat
Notes from AJ:
This is pét nat made from the black-skinned muscat, getting to the heart of this ancient variety and its singular delights. Takes me back to those splendid days I spent shovelling moscato skins in north-west Italy, the delicate, refreshing wines of that region providing a stepping-off point for this more free wheelin’ Aussie backyard expression... Muscat kicked off the vintage, which came about two weeks early, hand harvesting at the end of January with the industrious gnomes of Geographe’s cool, high Ferguson Valley. Skin contact for 18 hours in the press, before going to tank and old barrels to ferment slow and wild over 6 weeks - then to bottle without fining or filtration, sealing in the last frothy whispers of fermentation. As always, a splash of wild Great Southern riesling went in just before bottling to bring balance and length. This was a very happy little ferment and it shows in the bottle, with pristine aromatics and a refreshing palate.