Not So Little
About the Wine Makers
When your last name is Little, you can have some fun naming your winery the "Little Wine Company" Ian and Suzanne, the dynamic winemaking duo behind the wines, wholly own the Little Wine Company. Between them they have more than 30 years of winemaking experience.
Ian began his career as a brewer in Sydney after completing a degree in Biochemistry. He caught the passion for winemaking after a two-year spell at Reynella Winery in McLaren Vale, South Australia. After commencing his Oenology degree Ian and his father founded Littles Winery in Pokolbin.
1984 was the first vintage and since then Ian's wines have amassed more than more than 30 trophies and hundreds of medals.
Suzanne joined the family winery in 1999 to take on the expanding winemaking role. Suzanne, a graduate of Economics and Oenology, has made wine in many regions of Australia including the Coonawarra and Canberra Districts.
Prior to joining founding The Little Wine Company, Suzanne was Senior Winemaker at Rosemount Estate where she was responsible for the Reserve range of wines.
About the Wine
With the 2011 Tempranillo the Little Wine Company have created a wine that is powerful yet elegant, showcasing how well suited this variety is to the Hunter Valley.
The grapes used in this Tempranillo are from a beautiful vineyard in the Broke Fordwich sub-region of the Hunter Valley. The vines are situated adjacent to the Hunter river with the imposing backdrop of Castle Rock. These vines have achieved their balance at a relatively young age and with the assistance of selective fruit thinning throughout the growing season they have achieved optimal ripeness.
The grapes were harvested at 13.3 Baume in the last week of February. The fruit was crushed to open fermenters and cold-soaked for 24 hours prior to fermentation. The juice was fermented on skins for approximately 10 days with a combination of hand plunging and pump-over method. The wine was then pressed and transferred to 2 and 3 year old French barriques. The wine was racked frequently to aerate and soften the tannins. The blended wine was bottled after 18 months oak maturation.
The 2011 Tempranillo shows vibrant red currant fruit aromas with some complex characters of green olive, spice and a hint of tobacco. The palate has a beautiful silky texture with flavours of liquorice and sour cherry fruits. The smoky oak flavours and fine, savoury tannins make this wine an excellent match with antipasto, duck and mature cheese. Enjoy now or cellar for up to four years.
The smoky oak flavours and fine, savoury tannins make this wine an excellent match with antipasto, duck and mature cheese.