Born in South Australia, where her father was a contract grape grower, Jane Hunter gained a degree in Agricultural Science at the University of Adelaide.
Jane has been described by the London Sunday Times as the First Lady of New Zealand wine and was awarded an OBE for service to the wine industry in 1993.
Jane has an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Massey University received the inaugural Wine & Spirit Competition Women in Wine Award.
In 2009 Jane was awarded the Companion to the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM).
A special parcel of fruit from their Bridge block was selected to make this wine. They chose this vineyard as it shows classic Rapaura characters.
Passionfruit and grapefruit dominate the nose. The palate is soft and juicy with some fresh acidity.
Pétillant Naturel (pet nat) translates to naturally sparkling. To achieve carbonation, they bottle the wine while it is still fermenting and close the bottle with a crown seal. The yeast continues to ferment the sugars, producing carbon dioxide that becomes trapped in solution.
The wine is cloudy as there is no filtration prior to bottling, kind of like a pale ale beer.
The sediment at the bottom of the bottle is the dead yeast cells that settle once the fermentation process has completed.
James Suckling (Sept 2019) – “A pet nat with plenty of solids, this has extremely tangy, bright, fresh, passion fruit and pineapple and delivers as a fizzy, alcoholic- tropical fruit punch. Thoroughly decent party juice”
Try with sushi, oven fired pizza or a rather large Scotch-egg!