Ever thought drinking wine could help save wombats’ lives? Well, it can. So sign us up.
The team at South Australia’s Little Giant Wine have partnered with the wildlife rescue legends at WIRES to support the work it does in rescuing and treating wombats; these important animals are facing increasing threats from habitat loss, vehicle collisions and disease. The iconic short and stumpy wine bottle has featured the adorable native animal as its logo since day dot, so it was only fitting that Little Giant Wine launched the initiative of taking up a platinum sponsorship.
“Just like the wombat, Little Giant Wine appears small and unassuming but is full of character! It is therefore very fitting for us to offer our support to WIRES to help these magnificent native creatures survive, grow and thrive,” said Ross Marshall, general manager, Fourth Wave Wine.
The funding received from the sales of Little Giant goes towards helping WIRES, an organisation who help thousands of wombats who have suffered injuries from bushfires, vehicle collisions and a commonly occurring skin infection, mange, which, if left untreated, can cause a slow and painful death.
The wine itself is predominantly crafted from premium fruit grown in the highly regarded and better-known regions in South Australia including vineyards of the Barossa, Eden Valley, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. The wines are hand-crafted and made with minimal additions and preservatives to retain the authentic, bright and character-filled flavours of the grapes.
Picked in the morning to retain freshness, the fruit is de-stemmed and fermented with the reds spending up to nine months (the ultimate wine baby) in used large-format French and American oak barrels to build structure whilst softening the palate and developing flavour complexity without overly extracting the oak character.
“Little Giant Shiraz has achieved almost cult-like status with many of our customers who love it for its generosity of rich fruit flavours, its softness and serious drinkability. A small and integrated addition of cooler grown, more elegant fruit of the Eden Valley to the blend gives added lift and freshness and our preference is for maturation time in older oak to add subtle vanilla and earthy notes that sit in support rather than upfront,” said Ross.
If you’d like to help lend a hand while getting your tipple-fix, be sure to buy the Little Giant Barossa Shiraz is available from major liquor retailers like Dan Murphy’s (RRP $22.00). If shiraz isn’t your thing, never fear, Little Giant Wine has also released a Little Giant: Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris ($22.00); Pinot Noir ($22.00); Coonawarra Cabernet, McLaren Vale Grenache; and Premium Barossa Shiraz, ($32.00).
For further information on the range or how you can help out head to Fourth Wave Wine now.