The Little Beauty vineyard and company owners will be present on the stand to share the uniqueness of the 2008 range and introduce three new and very limited single vineyard varietals, which will be available to the public for the first time at this yearÂ’s Wine Show. These include the 2008 Dry Riesling, 2008 Pinot Gris, of which only 150 cases are available of each, and the 2008 Pinot Noir, of which there are less than 300 cases available from 2008.
To celebrate her first outing at the Wine show, Little Beauty will be making some very special offers to attendees. Free delivery will be available on all purchases across the range and in addition, a 20% saving will be offered on purchases of six bottles of limited edition Sauvignon Blanc for a show price of Â£48.00 (usually Â£59.99).
Furthermore, if Dry Riesling is another wine you enjoy, by purchasing six bottles you will also be introduced to Little Beauty Pinot Gris, with a bottle for free.
The Wine Show is the UKÂ’s biggest event of its kind, showcasing some of the finest wines on the market and appealing to anyone who wants to learn more about wine, from the beginner to the connoisseur. The event will include celebrity wine experts such as Oz Clarke, Tim Atkin and Susy Atkins as well as offering attendees the chance to get a great deal on their favourite wines with the Wine Dime ticket that offers a voucher to unlock unique discounts at the event.
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Â“We canÂ’t wait to unveil the new Little Beauty varietals at the Wine show. ItÂ’s the perfect setting to introduce our full range for the first time to the wine loving public, and if you pop by our stand we have some excellent deals as well as free recipes to complement the Little Beauty range.Â”
Fleur McCree, co-owner, and Little Beauty devotee
About Little Beauty
After an arduous journey all the way from Marlborough, New Zealand, Little Beauty launched in the UK in June 2009, and over the past four months the fiercely proud Kiwi brand has been making friends with wine lovers across the UK.
Named after the common Kiwi phrase Â“Little BeautyÂ”, which is term of endearment, the brandÂ’s classically styled wines are grown in Marlborough, New Zealand, at a very intimate and unique site in the Waihopai Valley. As part of the Southern Valleys, Waihopai has a slightly higher growing degree day count than the remainder of the Wairau Plain. This region enjoys a maritime climate of cool summer nights and long autumns that is ideal for Vine Physiology. Although quite youthful (planted 2002), the vineyard has a proven heritage and takes full advantage of the soils typical of the area that are a combination of light stony silt loams with fine sandy loam top soils and alluvial gravels. The upper terraces have greater depth of topsoil, where dark grey friable silt loams over blocky silt giving Little Beauty its noted and unique flavours that are specific to the site.
Vineyard layout is true north/south facing to ensure maximum exposure, with vertical shoot positioning throughout. Yield management is actively managed throughout the growing season to ensure optimal vine/fruit physiological ripeness. This intensive yield management starts at bud-burst and continues through to harvest.
Little Beauty also benefits from climatic monitoring equipment, laid out across the vineyard, collecting real-time climatic events and variables, which is the first of its kind in New Zealand. This infrastructure examines temperature, wind speed and direction, rainfall, evapo-transpiration, dew point and soil moisture. This information is then used for day-to-day management and mitigating strategies to minimise the effects of adverse weather conditions.
The vineyard is Sustainably Accredited under New Zealand Winegrowers-approved programme, and in terms of winemaking, whites are cool-fermented in stainless steel, aromatics are predominately free-run juice, and Pinot Noir benefit from being barrel-aged, in French oak (small percentage of new oak, through to four-years-old).
Wines in the Little Beauty range include 2008 Limited Edition Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, which offers a global allocation of 4,000 cases only, Pinot Noir, Dry Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer, all of which are limited in volume but highly sought after.
Consultant, Liberate Media
Director, Liberate Media