Vidal Pet Nat, 2020, Ontario
Soil type: Silty clay & clam loam over red sandstone bedrock
Harvest: By hand
Winemaking: Spontaneous co-fermentation on with Niagara peaches & sumac
Ageing: Secondary fermentation in bottle
Winemaker(s): Yvonne Irvine
Gorgeous Vidal grapes co-fermented with Niagara peaches and sumac to add subtle complexity and fun. This wine is bottled before the primary fermentation is complete to capture the carbon dioxide and produce all those bubbles. Bursting with flavours of apples, pears, and peaches. The sumac adds citrusy flavours and a bit of structure as well.
Serve ice cold to avoid gushing. Keeping the bottle upright without mixing it up too much beforehand can also help. We suggest opening over a bowl if you want to be sure not to lose any precious wine!
Maenads, the female followers of Dionysus were known for their “wild” behaviour, defying the expected role of women. Our creations follow their muse: crafty, non-conformist, interesting and wildly delicious.
Winemaker Yvonne Irvine co-owns Maenad Wine Co. with her husband James Wallace. It’s a project to make some interesting wines on our own terms. The brand is made to celebrate women - as they are, completely unfined and unfiltered.