Napoleone Brewers is just one thread of a business that incorporates a cidery and winery too. So why not make use of the ingredients and techniques within the wider operation? That's what they've done here in creating two releases that aren't beer but they're not quite wine either.
For Sauvignon Galaxy, the brewers borrowed some Sauvignon Blanc harvest from Punt Road Wines, added a dry hop addition of Tasmanian Galaxy then fermented in French oak white wine barriques. In the glass, it looks like a wine and, for the most part, could pass as an oaked sauv blanc. Where we pick up something a little different from the norm is in hints of grassy, herbal, almost savoury characters alongside the more typical fruit forward aromas and flavours of the wine.
A deviation from the norm is more apparent in Saison du Chard, which started out with early harvest chardonnay grapes that were barrel fermented with a Belgian saison yeast then bottle conditioned using the Methode Ancestrale sometimes used by makers of sparkling wines. The process gives the hybrid a full, complex texture, with the flavours of the grapes embellished by vanilla from the oak and some farmhouse ale flavours poking their way through too.
The intention is to continue combining the ingredients and processes of the brewery, winery and cidery in future releases.
- Hybrid Wines
- 10.5% & 10.9%
Available from Napoleone's cellar door