The final chapter in the Little Beauty is all about one of my favourite, but often misunderstood grape varieties - Riesling. One of the common misconceptions I come across at tastings is that Riesling is a 'sweet' grape. This is because it is the main component of many of the sweeter styles of German wines that used to be so popular in the UK.Read More
Those of you that are familiar with the 'trocken' wines of Germany will understand that this is very often not the case. It is here where we find the inspiration behind this dry Riesling from one of our favourite wine makers Evelyn Fraser, formerly of Cloudy Bay fame. It would be churlish to suggest that Little Beauty are the only producers of good quality dry Rieslings in the New World, but what sets these apart is the dedication to bottle age. Riesling has the potential to develop in the bottle as much as any other white grape and the drier styles are too often consumed in their youth. What you'll find with this Riesling is that the fruit has softened to allow the 'petrolly' flavour of the grape to come to the fore. This combines wonderfully with the oily texture of the wine and gives the true classic flavour of dry Riesling that makes it one of the most uniquely delicious wines in the world.