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Bella Wines Mariani Trad-Nat Gamay Noir
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Bella Wines Mariani Trad-Nat Gamay Noir NV

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaTrad-Nat is the name that owner/winemaker Jay Drysdale came up with to describe this cross between a traditional method sparkling wine, and a pét-nat (method ancestrale). He wanted to make traditional method fizz with nothing added, including sugar or yeast. He native fermented their bone dry 2017 Naramata gamay from Mariani Vineyards as a base wine, and added the still-fermenting, thus still sugar-laden 2018 gamay as his liqueur de triage (to kickstart the second fermentation in bottle). After a short stint on lees, this was bottled with zero dosage. Worth remembering the term Trad-Nat for. Juicy and ripe rhubarb, cranberry, strawberry jam is rounded around the corners, and tight and snappy on the finish. There's a lovely stoniness and pithiness to the finish.Tasted: 26 May 2019Tasted by: Prices: BC 40.00 winery direct Producer: Bella WinesDistributors: Winery Direct
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Varietal: Gamay NoirCSPC: 132223