Wildflower St Walter 2021: Montepulciano and St Walter 2021: Gamay will be available online and for take-away/collection from 12pm (Sydney time) on Friday 4 February 2022.
St Walter is an Australian Wild Ale made with red wine grapes. It is named for Topher and Bernadette's first son. Saint Walter was an 11th century monk from the Loire Valley in France and is the patron saint of vintners.
With a great deal of help from our friend Bryan Martin at Ravensworth Wines, we have the final two variants of St Walter of 2021 to share. These minuscule batches were both made with just 60kg of grapes each. The Gamay was sourced from the Ravensworth estate (certified organic) while the Montepulciano came from a vineyard in Hilltops that Bryan sources from.
Both sets of grapes were placed as whole bunches into small stainless steel vessels and allowed to carbonically macerate for three weeks before addition of aged 'Gold' beer selected from our barrel cellar. After a four month maceration and refermentation of fruit and beer, it was bottled and allowed to naturally carbonate and mature in bottle for 5 months before release.
St. Walter 2021: Gamay
Herbal woody spice aromas, dried flowers and a minerally wet-stone nose. Expectedly complex palate, red fruits meld with stalky spice and grapefruit like acidity. The varietal character shines on the back palate with intense raspberry liquorice and dark earthy spice.
St Walter 2021: Montepulciano
The nose opens with big sweet fruit notes, sweet cherries, watermelon and plums. The palate is remarkably fruit dominant, cherry, red creaming soda, raspberries and plums run rampant across the palate. Big body and texture but the fruit acidity brings the palate to a close. A persistent and delicious fruit beer.
Like all our beers, both of these are best enjoyed when decanted off a settled natural yeast sediment at cellar temperatures (10-12°C).
Please see the specific product page for bottle quantities and limits.