2018 The Little Wine Company Hunter Valley Verdelho

2018 The Little Wine Company Hunter Valley Verdelho

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Susan Little and team make one of the most impressive Verdelho based wines in the Hunter, showing that if you take this workhorse grape seriously you can get a generous, plump and full flavoured wine that, like a Snickers, really satisfies.

What makes this delicious is just how chunky the fruit flavours are. A huge, fruit salad load of flavour that goes on and on.

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Verdelho
The Little Wine Co
Hunter Valley
2018
750ml
13.5%
Cellar to 2020
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How's it taste?

Loaded with tropical fruit flavours and a long citrus finish. Harvested from mature vines in the Hunter Valley, this wine was made without the use of oak to showcase the true flavours of the vineyard. The fuller flavours and great texture of Verdelho make it a great choice with a wide variety of dishes or simply by itself.

How was it made?

The grapes for this wine are sourced from two vineyards in the Broke-Fordwich sub-region of the Hunter Valley. We harvest one vineyard at lower sugar levels to give the final blend a good acid structure and the other vineyard is harvested at a higher sugar level to get the fuller tropical flavours that make this wine so delicious. 

Only the free-run portion of the fruit is used to produce this wine, thereby maximising the intensity of the flavours. The juice was then fermented at 13C in Stainless Steel ensuring a steady fermentation period. The wine was held on yeast lees for 6 months to add flavour complexity and a creamy texture to the palate.

Who made it?

Ian and Suzanne Little present a terrific range of wines encompassing both traditional and emerging varieties. Here's a few little words from them... "After many years making the benchmark varieties of the Hunter Valley, Shiraz, Semillon and Chardonnay, we were both very interested to experiment with new varieties from the Hunter Valley and further a field. We have learnt by trial and error how to manage some of the vagaries of these new varieties. We have made some big discoveries along the way and no doubt there will be many more. We make wines that we like to drink and we make the best wine we can. We trust that you will enjoy our wines as much as we enjoy making them."

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