Monte Stella Sparkling Negroamaro 2021
Sparkling Negroamaro 2021 is fruity, bright and acidic on the palate, with cherry, floral and redcurrent notes. Pairs well with poultry, Thai and Malaysian curries, and as a versatile match to cheese from camemberts to comtés.
From the shimmering tanks at Monceau in Melbourne, comes our latest creation: Monte Stella, a modern non-alc alternative to sparkling wine. Monte Stella is the continuation of our mission at Monceau: to make innovative, sophisticated, non-alc ferments for those who love a natural, healthy, and social drop.
We sourced grapes from Box Grove Vineyard in northern Victoria, and blended them with organic tea for added tannins, before fermenting the juice with ultra-low-alcohol yeast cultures to create a hybrid-ferment that has all the character of a varietal wine, but less than 0.5% alcohol.
This isn’t like the strangely sweet de-alcoholised 0% wines you might have tried before. And we don’t use any weird additives, sulphites or “natural” flavours. Instead, we’ve been exploring the use of alternative cultures alongside wine grapes to produce a compelling option for a quaffable, refreshing and crisp sparkling drink.
It all starts with the grape, which all starts with the vineyard. We have a great affinity for how Sarah Gough runs her Box Grove Vineyard in Tabilk. They grow their grapes (and produce their brilliant wines) with a creative, sustainable and natural approach. As part of a diverse growing scheme, they’ve been exploring grapes from the warmer Mediterranean region, given its likeness to our own warm climate. And we were drawn to their vibrant Vermentino and Negroamaro grapes for our first two releases.
From here, it’s a careful process of crushing and preparing the grapes, alongside the fermentation process of our culture, which uses an organic tea as a base. Once the grapes and culture have had some time to intermingle and transform, we condition the mix with verjus (early season grapes), imparting an added dash of texture, acidity and brightness.
We’re excited to share our adventures in the world of non-alc wine alternatives with you—there’s plenty more to come.
Refreshing, tastes good and looks like an alcoholic drink