2020 Little Beauty Pinot Noir
A true masterpiece by winemaker Eveline Fraser. We didn't expect anything else from her. For years she was the winemaker at the famous Cloudy Bay. However, she has now founded her own winery: Little Beauty. And as the name makes clear, she goes for quality and not quantity. The winery is small, but all the attention goes to the bottles.
In the glass, this Little Beauty Pinot Noir has a medium ruby red color. The Limited Edition Pinot Noir is a great Pinot noir. Intensely aromatic; packed with aromas of raspberry, black cherry, red fruit compote with some savory notes, dark plums, hints of violets, raspberry and coffee mocha. In the mouth again the red fruit, soft, silky tannins, smoky barrel ferment character as well as blueberries and ripe blackberries.
Fact: This wine currently ranks #1 as Pinot Noir in one of London's classiest wine bars - The Beaufort Bar - in the beautiful Savoy Hotel, London.
This pinot noir comes from three blocks with different soil types, which are harvested separately and allowed to ripen separately. The soil varies from fine clay silty loam to blocky loam to parts of the vineyard with lots of pebbles and stone. The fruit is harvested over several days with several passages, so that the fruit was optimally ripe.
The fruit is first destemmed in stainless steel open fermenters and cold soaked for several days before fermentation begins with the naturally occurring yeasts on the grape. During fermentation, each batch was dipped three times a day to gently extract the tannin and color. After drying, each batch was held at 20°C for 20 weeks for post-fermentation maceration, after which it was separately pressed and transferred to oak barriques for aging in which the wine was aged for 11 months. The series of passes through the vineyard and separate fermentation and maturation of each clone ensure that the varietal character and integrity are preserved in the Little Beauty.
A true masterpiece by winemaker Eveline Fraser. We didn't expect anything else from her. For years she was the winemaker at the famous Cloudy Bay. However, she has now founded her own winery: Little Beauty. And as the name already makes clear, she goes for quality and not quantity. The winery is small, but all attention goes to the bottles.
Love at first sight!. We know New Zealand from its nature scenes, lambs and the native Kiwi bird. And suddenly there was wine. The country has a very important agricultural economy and only discovered in 1969 that the cool and maritime climate could also produce high-quality wines. It's all in the name; "Little Beauty". An elegant appearance from New Zealand from a special and small piece of vineyard. The grapes for these unique wines thrive in Waihopai Valley, Marlborough. The grape vines are on our own vineyard and the wine making process is entirely in-house, which is unique in New Zealand. The owners and winemaker are true adventurers and have traveled around the wine world to make these iconic wines with a lot of experience, passion and pride. Because the terroir has so much to offer, the winemaker has also planted other grape varieties and that is a real surprise. Little Beauty is a 100% sustainable vineyard, which means that they only use 100% sustainable viticulture techniques and flora and fauna are always central.
At Little Beauty we love the land and the flora and fauna, so taking good care of the environment is an absolute priority. Little Beauty wines are made with 100% sustainable viticulture techniques so that the vineyard has received New Zealand's 100% sustainable accreditation.
Furthermore, resource management is always at the forefront of our daily agenda. As such, the vineyard has one of the most advanced irrigation infrastructures in the region, which provides greater flexibility and better management of water resources. In addition, a very advanced climate measuring network has been installed throughout the vineyard. At 15-minute intervals, a series of climate data variables are collected. This includes;
This data supports daily viticultural decisions. So people are using technology to work in harmony with Mother Nature... See, that's how it should be.
Type of Wine|
Drinking as of|
Complex, Dry, Fruity, Aged on wood, Mineral, Red fruit, Flexible, Tannines, Full|
Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard|