The Hermit Ram - Ancestral Method Muller Thurgau 2018
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For years Theo had been making waves with his thick, juicy, almost IPA-like Müller-Thurgau on skins. For this vintage he decided to shake things up with an improvement—making it as a pet-nat.
Müller Thurgau is the 'forgotten grape of New Zealand'. It was widely planted in the 80's before everyone switched over to Sauvignon Blanc. However, there are pockets of old vines still left in the country. Theo's Ancestral is from some of the oldest vineyards in Canterbury (35+ years).
The grapes are fermented whole-cluster in open top fermentation tanks, and were pressed after 2 weeks of carbonic maceration. Some juice is frozen so it can be added back to the wine just prior to bottling, allowing for the second fermentation to take place in the bottle.
Blend: 100% Muller-Thurgau
Winemaking: Six week maceration on skins
Certification: Certified organic farming (BioGro)
Drinking Window: 2020-2026
In 2012 Theo Coles discovered the Limestone Hills vineyard in Canterbury in the north of New Zealand’s South Island. Owned by Gareth Renowdon, Theo agreed to make some wine with him from his 1000 or so Pinot Noir vines.
Since then Theo has expanded the range to include the skin fermented Sauvignon Blanc and Müller-Thurgau, a field blend rosé and another Pinot Noir. The fruit comes from tiny vineyards throughout the Canterbury region, all naturally farmed without chemicals and Theo is keen to stress that every wine has its own story to tell.