Sauvignon Blanc, Black Edition Little Beauty, Marlborough, New Zealand 2015
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Exclusive range from award-winning estate – French oak ageing offers superior structure.
This limited range is produced from only the best grapes on the Little Beauty Marlborough estate, a painstaking parcel selection process and precise oenology methodology ensuring that only the best of the best make the cut. The wines are then aged carefully in French oak in order to add extra weight and depth, giving them an extra dimension to the other Little Beauty vintages. The project focuses primarily on Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris production.
The Sauvignon Blanc is a single vineyard edition from the Waihopai Valley, drawing fruit
from three carefully identified parcels. The final result is a complex wine that offers something slightly different from a standard Sauvignon Blanc. The fact it is fermented with 100% wild yeast in French Oak tapers the sharp acidity that is often associated with this variety; the Black Edition instead carrying a creamy, mellow texture.
The Pinot Gris is also produced from a single vineyard, the fruit harvested from vines grown on alluvial, gravel soil. The wine spends 15 months on lees, having been fermented in French oak, giving the final product a rich and complex yet dry style, showcasing a wonderful degree of complexity and striking length. The palate offers rich, oily touches, with an aroma of soft figs, grilled hazelnuts and quince, building to a rounded and voluptuous, yet dry, finish.
The ‘Black Edition’ line also includes a Pinot Noir, which displays an elegant combination of dark ripe cherry, coffee and thyme notes – a simply fantastic wine.