Ian & Suzanne Little only release Little Gem Shiraz in excellent years. The fruit is sourced from the Riverbank vineyard in the Broke-Fordwich sub-region of the Hunter Valley. These low yielding vines produce fruit intense flavour and colour. The grapes were harvested over a number of days allowing a range of ripeness to be achieved. After 12 months oak maturation only the finest barrels are selected for the Little Gem label and these are matured for another 12 months allowing a perfect integration oak and fruit flavours.
The intensity of the fruit is apparent on the nose, with aromas of blackcurrant and spice. The palate is seamless and silky with voluptuous layers of fruit and oak flavours. The core of cassis and berry flavour underpins the entire structure of this wine allowing for long term cellaring.
"Relatively light colour, but the hue is good; the fragrant bouquet is a logical forerunner of the bright and intensely juicy palate; black and red cherry fruit is at the core of the medium-bodied palate, touches of spice and earth giving the wine regional authenticity. Has the balance necessary for a long life."
Halliday Wine Companion
93 points - James Halliday