Castel Pujol "Folklore" Pet-Nat 2021
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I can certainly say this was a first for me - a pet nat from Uruguay. Castel Pujol has a deep history with winemaking, tracing their roots back to 1752 in Catalonia, Spain The family have been trailblazers, chiefly by the fact that they were first to plant and make wines from Tannat, the grape now synonymous with Uruguayan wine production. It comes as no surprise that Pia Carrau, the daughter of the current winemaker of the family's estate Cerro Chapeu, is now making waves with her new line of innovative natural wines called Folklore.
The 2021 Pet Nat is 80% Trebbiano and 20% Malvasia, fermented in stainless steel and bottled under crown cap just before primary fermentation finishes, capturing the final bits of co2 as the wine finishes fermenting. This process, known the ancestral method, naturally infuses the wine with playful bubbles.
Just in time for things the warm up, this is exactly want you want to crush on your stoop. The bright, floral nose is full of joyful peach and orange blossom aromatics, and reminds of grapefruit Ting soda in all the right ways. Dry, zesty and an absolute blast to drink, I highly recommend you drink this outside. [Kirk Sutherland, April 2022]