Delicious! Soft and fresh, vibrant and very easy to enjoy.
Definitely the wine for celebrating the everyday and the quirky.
Every vintage we like to have a bit of fun, stretch ourselves.
So here's something very different for us: a pet nat made entirely without additions. We pressed the grapes, let the juice ferment with its own yeasts, and then chose the right moment to bottle it. The ferment finished in the bottle, and that's it -- a naturally sparkling wine. This is the first wine for which we've ever listed the ingredients on the label. And there is only one -- grapes. Nothing in, nothing out, just grapes.
And because its not part of our usual thing, NINO gets a bold label and its own cause.
Every cent of the proceeds from this wine goes to Youth Care Canberra, a great little charity looking after young people in our community who fall through the cracks. They've been running for nearly 30 years, don't get any government funding, and get incredible results that really make a difference to young lives.
Max Allen wrote about NINO in The Australian (6/9/16):
Nino is the name of a new wine from Mount Majura Vineyard in the Canberra district. It’s a 2016 pet nat — petillant naturel, naturally sparkling wine — made from the juice of pinot gris grapes, and it’s delicious: full of the flavour of white peaches and lemon pith, crisp, refreshing, clean-tasting and more-ish. It was made with no additions at all — wild yeast, no preservatives — and it finished fermentation in the bottle, which means the wine is cloudy, thanks to the presence of the yeast lees (Nino stands for “nothing in, nothing out”). This makes it more delicious, giving the wine a round, caressing texture on the tongue.
It’s one of the best locally produced pet nats I’ve tried, but that’s not the only reason it’s worth tracking down. Mount Majura is donating all the proceeds from the sale of the wine to YouthCARE Canberra, an outreach service for young people at risk — and at $25 a bottle with 180 sixpacks made, that’s a fair chunk of useful cash to be raised.
Chris Shanahan wrote about the NINO project recently: Mount Majura pet nat to raise funds for youth care.
Fresh, lively and medium bodied, with a pleasantly tart, dry finish and modest 11% alcohol content, NINO offers good fun and pleasant drinking with or without food.
Thanks to our sponsors who provided their products and services free so that 100% of the proceeds from Nino can go to Youth Care Canberra: