The relationship between Nic Peterkin- proprietor and winemaker of L.A.S Vino- and the Petition Wine Bar, has already made for some pretty exciting events. In 2016 Nic opened up a pop-up winery right in the middle of the State Buildings, pressing nebbiolo grapes in a manual basket press. And a year later, he returned with a barrel of Pinot Rose, a hand bottling machine, a milk pan of pink wax and two arms full of empty wine bottles.
While I and the remainder of the attendance stammered through hand bottling (A simple process, toward which I was cautious nonetheless, precious cargo.) Nic is always happy to talk his opinions on winemaking, but quick to warn that "Winemaking is 10% fact and 90% opinion, but every Winemaker thinks that their 90% opinion is fact".
This particular Rose is almost entirely unfiltered, giving it a cloudy appearance and bold, beautiful flavour. It was a rare treat to get to try wine straight from the barrel, and this rose was a glorious introduction to a style of wine I hope to see more of.
On to labelling and dipping in wax, and my left handedness got the best of me, leaving me with a pretty slapdash effort with a golden marker.
L.A.S Vino's 2016 Vintage is out now, and The Petition Wine Bar is open every day from 12-Late.