Lucashof Pet Nat is like a strong, bubbly Champagne, without the added sugars! It is also completely unfiltered, so there is a slight cloudiness, that is all natural and completely harmless. When the wine is young, it will be a tad sweet, the result of residual sugars that have not yet fermented. Over time, the wine will become drier but Pet Nat is generally meant to be consumed when the wines are fresh and young.
Owned by Christine Lucas, sister to Nik Weis, this estate produces outstanding Riesling from important vineyard sites in the Pfalz. This estate was established over fifty years ago and has a much warmer climate than the Mosel with different soil. The resultant wines tend to be drier in style with a little bit higher alcohol levels. It is located in the Rhine valley and protected to the North and the West by the Hunsrueck Mountains. That’s what makes the climate there almost Mediterranean. The soil is heavier and less stony than in the Mosel. They don’t have slate like in the Mosel, they have volcanic, glacial and river sediments. The current vintage release of this wine is made from Organically farmed grapes!
Their philosophy is to employ environmentally sound viticultural techniques, and in the cellar to use the least amount of intervention possible. Christine has obtained an organic certificate for her wines from the Deutschepradikat. PET NAT differs from a classic sparkling wine mainly in one point: The wines undergo only one fermentation, which starts in the barrel and is completed in the bottle without the addition of sugar, yeast or sulfur. The natural sugars from the grapes provide the bubbles.
Pairs well with aperitif or with your favorite shellfish cuisine.