Marcio Lopes
Pequenos Rebentos Pet Nat Loureiro2020
Vinho VerdePortugal

£21.00

Marcio Lopes, Pequenos Rebentos Pet Nat Loureiro, 2020

Marcio Lopes
Pequenos Rebentos Pet Nat Loureiro2020
Vinho VerdePortugal

£21.00

Sunshine in a bottle. This fun and fabulous Pet Nat is full of energy whilst remaining clean as a whistle (no funk here). Make sure you chill this one right down before opening as it can be pretty lively. Cloudy and super juicy, with notes of canteloupe melon, grapefruit and refreshing acidity. This makes for an excellent aperitif. 

Pet Nat (short for Pétillant Naturel) is a natural sparkling wine that's bottled before it's finished fermenting. As a result, the natural CO2 released during the winemaking process is captured in the bottle, making the resulting wine lush and fizzy. This does mean that the wines can be a bit cloudier since they're not rigorously filtered. Fear not though, it only adds to the flavour and intrigue of this excellent style.

About Marcio Lopes

Márcio Lopes studied as an engineer, but cut his winemaking teeth working for two years with Vinho Verde master Anselmo Mendes in Melgaço. He then traveled to Australia where he made wine in Rutherglen and Tasmania, another cool climate region, returning to Portugal in 2010 to start his own projects. He initially started working with Alvarinho and Trajadura (known as Albariño and Treixadura in Spain) from the sub-regions of Monção and Melgaço. These areas have a very particular microclimate, with slightly less Atlantic influence than the rest of the region - winters are cold with moderate rainfall and summers are hot and dry.

During 2016 he also started to grow and vinify local varietals Loureiro, from Ponte de Lima, and Avesso from Amarante. His winemaking is hand-off, he believes that if the fruit is good enough he will make quality wines with balance that reflect his terroir. This seems to be working - his wines are distinctively fresh and vibrant, showing bright and clear typical variety aromas.