(Weissburgunder Bissi Fizzy) The Pet Nat is dry with supple, edginess and gorgeous nuance. Soft white stone fruit with pronounced minerality amid notes of golden apple and a fun fizz. Refreshing.
What is Pet Nat?
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. What this means is that fermenting juice is bottled while it is still fermenting, i.e. while the yeast is still consuming the grape sugars in the juice. This results in the fermentation then continuing inside the bottle; trapping CO2 in the process, which is given off by the yeast. The resulting wine therefore has bubbles in it.
Heidi has been walking on this path since 1983, which makes her a visionary and a pioneer in the contemporary Austria wine scene. In doing so she shaped the current image of the new wine maker – quality-conscious, international, looking forward.
Excitement, patience, trusts, respect, skills and connectedness to the land, on which wine has been cultivated by her ancestors for 300 years – those are key elements for her success. She revived the Furmint – an old Hungarian grape variety – and specialties such as the Ruster Ausbruch, whose revival is of high importance to her, constitute her status in the demanding world of wine lovers.
Robert Parker, publisher of Wine Advocate, rates her wines exceptionally high and Falstaff elected her wine maker of the year in 2003. Heidi Schröck shares a strong bond with her wines. Producer and product have a reciprocal relationship and give each other a distinct identity. The product is characterized not only by its quality, but also by its uniqueness. A good relationship with customers and engagement with those who value her wine are important factors of Heidi‘ work and attitude towards life. Careful work in the vineyard is of highest priority for the wine maker. It is not only the beginning of creation for her, but also an encounter with nature’s power and potential – as well as personal limits.