2019 Brandborg Vineyard All Hands Riesling Pétillant Naturel

2019 Brandborg Vineyard All Hands Riesling Pétillant Naturel

Bradley Vineyard,
Elkton Oregon,
Umpqua Valley,
Southern Oregon,
Oregon

12.2% alcohol

Empty bottle weight: 31.9 ounces // 905 grams

Crowncap closure 

121 cases produced

Pét-nat, short for Pétillant Naturel, is made by bottling a wine before fermentation is complete, thereby trapping CO2 bubbles inside the bottle. Known as the ancestral method, it’s likely the oldest way of making bubbles. If you want to read more about how Pét-nat and other bubbly wines are made, follow this link to the first article in our three part series called Bubbles… explained!

Owner/winemaker Terry Brandborg purchased the Riesling grapes for this Pét-nat from the Bradley family, who planted their Elkton vineyard back in 1983. (Click here to read about the Pinot noir he makes from Bradley Vineyard fruit.) Once the handpicked grapes entered the Brandborg winery, Terry allowed them to begin fermenting on their own and, in his words, “bottled when the wine told us to, October 29, 2019.”

This is the first Pét-nat I’ve tasted made with Riesling grapes and it is FUN in all-caps! Terry also makes a Pét-nat using Gewürztraminer, another unusual wine, with aromas of maple bar donut and cake icing. (Here’s the link to my tasting notes on it.) Pét-nats can be super-interesting, and since they finish fermenting in the bottle, it’s common for them to have some residual sediment. That can make them look slightly cloudy, but don’t fear, drinking the sediment is perfectly safe.

Bouquet:

Grapefruit // sliced almonds // chamomile flowers // tart // Meyer lemons

Palate:

Lemonade // green tea // red apples // fizzy // Meyer lemons // sweetart candies // long finish

Food pairing suggestions:

On the deck with friends // sushi // heirloom tomatoes with fresh burrata // air fryer calamari

Scoop up this wine deal by ordering here:

SRP $27

www.brandborgwine.com

Be sure to tell us how you like it in the comments!

Don’t miss our tasting notes on other Brandborg Vineyard wines:

2014 Brandborg Vineyard Pinot noir Bradley Vineyard

2017 Brandborg Vineyard Sparkling Whale Song Blanc de noir

2019 Brandborg Vineyard Oregon Pinot gris

2019 Brandborg Vineyard All Hands Gewürztraminer Pétillant Naturel

2016 Brandborg Vineyard Sauvignon blanc

2018 Brandborg Vineyard Oregon Riesling

2017 Brandborg Vineyard Coastal Cuvée

2017 Brandborg Vineyard Bench Lands Pinot noir

2013 Brandborg Vineyard Gewürztraminer

2016 Brandborg Vineyard Fleur de Lis White Pinot noir

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