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Cauda Pet Nat Alvarelhão 2021

Cauda Pet Nat. This sparkling wine from Alvarelhão, produced in the popular Pet-Nat style (Pétillant Naturel or Méthode Ancestrale), first appeared in 2021. Alvarelhão is an autochthonous variety that we greatly appreciate and cherish. In this harvest we produced a small amount to test its adaptability to Pet Nat’s vinification and the results exceeded our expectations. This project was developed at Soalheiro Innovation Centre, in partnership with Hugo Brito, following the successful experience of the Loureiro variety’s vinification using the same method – Cauda Pet Nat Loureiro.

Region: IG Minho

Alcohol (%): 10.5

Total acidity (g/dm3): 6,2

Residual Sugar: Brut Nature

Grape Varieties: Alvarelhão

pH: 3,29

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3): 0,46

(The values are approximated)

The sparkling Pet Nat Alvarelhão, due to its profile, and like all the Pet Nats we produce, needs no pairing. It can be drunk alone, as an aperitif in a conversation between friends, in the late afternoon in a bar.

Very faint salmon color, elegant aroma reminiscent of guava. Dry flavor and persistent acidity.

Cauda Pet Nat Alvarelhão is made with Alvarelhão grapes, a red variety with little color in the skin, from an old vineyard to the west of Monte de Faro in Valença, on the left bank of the river Minho, a territory where the Atlantic influence is felt, highlighting the wine’s minerality.

At the end of the alcoholic fermentation, when the wine has about 18 to 20 g of residual sugar, it is placed in a bottle, where the remaining sugars ferment and gain the characteristic gas of sparkling wine. In this wine, there is no dégorgement. Therefore, the yeasts responsible for fermentation remain in the bottle, providing it with cloudiness. Pet Nat differs from other sparkling wines, as the gas is the result of natural sugar from the first fermentation and not from the second.