Everything about this boutique wine brand appeals, from the slick pewter label on the outside of the bottle to the strictly limited production of wine on the inside. Resolutely Kiwi (and proud) Little Beauty is made in Marlborough, New Zealand’s most famous viticulture area, in the Waihopai Valley.
For the 2009 vintage, less than 6,000 bottles of gewürztraminer were produced. We got our hands on one. The right time to open it? Well, as soon as its chilled, we thought — though it would be excellent with Asian or fusion food. First impressions: its aromatic and elegant, with a (very typically gewürztraminer) nose of lychees and roses. For all that it sounds girly and floral, it’s not – its heady and spicy, slighty smoked and gloriously complex. (Think Rowan Atkinson in the Nineties Barclaycard ad: “Ahh. Smell those Tuareg campfires. Unmistakable.”)
£90 for six, including delivery www.littlebeauty.co.nz