Vin Doux Naturel
Just in time for the golden season; late harvest peach and apple crumbles, afternoon cheese plates or a cosy night in, Bellbird Spring is delighted to announce the release of two Vin Doux Naturel wines to the range, the Muté ‘L’Alouette’ and Muté ‘Les Epices’. The word Muté indicates fortification and these wines draw on the traditions of Southern France where Vin Doux Naturel (V.D.N.) have their home.
Made in a traditional sense, late picked fruit is whole bunch pressed, run into old oak barrels and fermented without added yeast. Part way through ferment our exceptional pot still brandy is added. This puts an end to fermentation and thus we are left with a wine with lusciousness sweetness tempered by rich brandy character.
This style of wine has barely been explored in New Zealand and the Muté ‘L’Alouette’ and Muté ‘Les Epices’ support winemaker Guy Porter’s portfolio of wines that draw inspiration from traditional European style wines. Guy is driven to make fascinating, evolving, characterful wines that match good food, good friends and stimulate conversation.
Muté ‘L’Alouette’ 2016
Named after the larks that inhabit our Block Eight vineyard. A gently aromatic fortified sweet wine, in the vin doux naturel style, primarily made with late picked Sauvignon Blanc and our own clear pot still brandy. (375mL. 17.5% abv. 81g/L rs).
Muté ‘Les Épices’ 2016
Made from three aromatic varieties – Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Muscat. An aromatic fortified sweet wine, in the vin doux naturel style, made with late picked grapes and our own clear pot still brandy. (375mL. 17.5% abv. 85g/L rs).