Piquette, wine refresher™    

Piquette is the name of a low-alcohol wine beverage made from the second pressings of grape pomace, known to have been enjoyed by French farmhands and vineyard workers.

In recent years, the style has enjoyed a grassroots renaissance due in part to its unprecedented ability to connect genuine artisan practices with a surprisingly attractive price previously out of reach for small boutique wineries. The true beauty of Piquette is that it unites low-intervention craftsmanship and affordability by relying on the highly sustainable act of reducing waste.

Paying homage to the history of Piquette as an easy-drinking wine to quench the thirst of agricultural workers, our own take and twist on the style has been made with the objective to reinvigorate. For optimal refreshment, we reached out to our friends at the Annapolis Salt Company to add a pinch of hand made salt flakes from the Bay of Fundy.

Finally, to make our Piquette extra succulent, we finished it with a delicate touch of organic Citra hops and packed an energizing jolt of fizz to create the zestiest wine refresher™. Since grape skins are essential to the process, we selected varieties with highly aromatic compounds within their skins, such as Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat. For the 2020 harvest, we are targeting the highly perfumed Chardonnay Musque and Ortega to also enter the mix.

Tasting Notes, 2019 Piquette

In the glass, a hazy golden colour with emerald reflections. On the nose, a cascade of freshly squeezed ruby grapefruit and lime zest is interlaced with suggestions of pine forest. On the palate, a myriad of lively citrus notes is brightened by, creating the most refreshing balance between hints of zesty lime and a delicate touch of maritime salt.

Technical Specifications

Varietals: 55% l’Acadie, 20% Riesling, 15% Muscat, 10% Sauvignon Blanc.
Alcohol: 7.2%
TA: 8 
pH: 3.5
RS: <1 g/l
Brix (avg. at harvest): < 16°
Recommended drinking: 2020
Serving temperature: 3°C
250ml
Gluten-free & vegan friendly