THE HERMIT RAM ANCESTRAL METHOD (Pét-Nat) SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016

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Theo Coles works as a consultant winemaker to a number of wineries and projects up and down the country but The Hermit Ram is his baby. With The Hermit Ram Theo has complete control and total freedom to dictate the wines’ style and direction and it seems he is very interested in creating serious, structured wines with plenty of interest about them.
Ancestral Method (Pet Nat/Pétillant Naturel) Sauvignon Blanc from the clay and limestone abundant Omihi slopes in North Canterbury. This refreshing natural sparkling wine is bright, fresh and simply delicious.
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"Naturally sparkling wines have been made for centuries, and now one of the oldest methods of producing them has made a resurgence.  

Pétillant-naturel (natural sparkling) is a catch-all term for practically any sparkling wine made in the méthode ancestrale, meaning the wine is bottled before primary fermentation is finished, without the addition of secondary yeasts or sugars. (This is in contrast to méthode champenoise, the method used to make Champagne and other more-common sparkling wines, in which a finished wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle with additional yeasts and sugars).

The ancient method produces a simpler, more rustic sparkler than Champagne, one that is traditionally cloudy, unfiltered, and often bottled with a crown cap (like a beer) rather than a cork. The end product is also unpredictable: Opening each bottle is a surprise, evocative of the time and place where it was bottled. 

Colloquially shortened to “pét-nat,” the wines can be white, rosé, or red in color, making them super-versatile for pairing with a wide range of foods. They vary in carbonation from effusively effervescent to tiny, prickly bubbles. And thanks to those natural yeasts and sugars, most are a little funky but ultimately gulpable, clocking in at around 10 percent alcohol (several degrees lower than most still wines)."



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