NGERINGA Pétillant Naturel 2022
This lightly bubbly Rosé has a delicious nose of exotic flowers and musk, pithy grapefruit and blood orange. On the palate there is hints of citrus blossom, and distinct iced tea flavours that are light, refreshingly fruity, with a dry, textured finish.
Site(s): Grapes from all 3 Ngeringa vineyard sites: Rufus, Summit and Iluma.
3 vineyard sites total 5 hectares and are on easterly and westerly aspects at the base of the Mount Barker Summit. They are part of a biodiverse 75 hectare biodynamic farm on the south-eastern edge of the Adelaide Hills. Mount Barker Summit defines these sites ranging from 330 to 420 meters of elevation. Our vineyard soils are loam over clay, with varying influences of ironstone and micaceous schist. Ngeringa has been certified biodynamic since the late 1980’s with no chemical sprays, fertilizers or insecticides applied.
A blend of whole bunch pressed Syrah and Pinot Noir Rosé, Viognier and Pink Semillon. The Syrah and Pinot were picked relatively early for freshness and acidity, whole-bunch pressed and fermented in barrels and concrete egg - shaped vessels. The Viognier and Pink Semillon were picked at good maturity level to express the more exotic aromatics. Both were fermented with about 7 to 10 days skin contact before also being pressed into barrels. Once nearly dry, the Syrah, Pinot, Viognier and Pink Semillon were blended and sweetened with some frozen juice to 14g/L before being bottled. Fermentation finished in the bottle resulting in a light bubbly sparkling. No enzymes, no fining, no filtration.
Closure: Crown Cap
Grape(s): Pink Semillon, Viognier, Pinot Noir and Syrah
Vintage 2022 was set up by a milder spring and summer with no severe heat spikes or extended hotter periods. Spring and early summer were wetter than usual resulting it good soil moisture and thus requiring only minimal irrigation just before picking. Flowering and set were good, if we don’t compare them to the dream conditions we had for the 2021 vintage! We had a few disease challenges with warm, wet weather, particularly one event where the vines had wet leaves for three days around the 10th of January. Our vine health was good and therefore resilient to these challenging few days. Finally, a long and slow ripening with cool conditions over harvest produced great delicate wines across all varieties.
Ngeringa – :
89 points by Mike Bennie, The Winefront
“Biodynamic farming of the highest order. Ever tried the veggies from Ngeringa? Unreal. Flavour town.
Colourful, exotic pet nat, balsamic lift is noted in bouquet, sour cherry, in the tart zone before you even sip it but that’s a-ok in the style. Cidery to taste with a splash of kombucha, a bit of red berry sweetness, creamy, savoury-yeasty finish. Feels fun and of an ilk; wilder edged pet nat.”