Penguin Press

The Vail Trail February 2007
2006 Little Penguin Pinot Noir - South Eastern Australia - Finds from the Vine
Try the Little Penguin with burgers, lasagna, grilled chicken or pizza. Heck this is an everyday wine: just enjoy a glass after work!

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Unusual and Unique Gift Ideas
If you're looking for a romantic and thoughtful gift or need a last-minute addition to a winter festivity, this wine is something a little different than the ordinary.

Wine Spectator, New York, NY-USA
88pts. the Little Penguin Cabernet Sauvignon South Eastern Australia 2005
Plump and generous, a gentle mouthful of sweet blueberry and currant fruit, shaded with hints of mocha and cedar as the finish lingers nicely. Drink now through 2008 Sept. 2006

Wine Spectator, New York, NY-USA
85pts. the Little Penguin Merlot South Eastern Australia 2005
Light and fresh, refreshing mouthful of plum and blueberry flavors, lingering well. Drink now. Sept. 2006

Wine Spectator, New York, NY-USA
87pts. the Little Penguin Pinot Noir South Eastern Australia 2005
Soft and generous, with blueberry and current flavors that linger nicely on the juicy finish. Drink now. Sept. 2006

Wine Spectator, New York, NY-USA
84pts. the Little Penguin Shiraz South Eastern Australia 2005
Sept. 2006

Impact Magazine
2005 Hot Brands - Imported Wine: the Little Penguin Ranked #5

It appeared upon Little Penguin's launch that the brand would face an uphill battle in taking on Yellow Tail. However, the upstart brand followed an auspicious 375,000-case launch in 2004 by doubling its volume to 750,000 cases in 2005. March 1&15, 2006

Cheers
2006 Wine Rising Stars
- Brands less than five full years of age that have exhibited substantial growth over the past few years. the Little Penguin: Ranked #2 Label graphics and catchy names may initially attract attention and trial, but typically it's the vintages delivering on quality and value that are most often invited back for repeat performances. the Little Penguin is a prime example, doubling its sales in 2005 to 750,000 cases. (Donna Hood Crecca) March 2006

Wine Spectator, New York, NY-USA
the Little Penguin Cabernet Sauvignon South Eastern Australia 2004. 85 Points. Lithe and light on its feet, with ripe currant and cherry fruit, polished texture and easy-drinking style. Drink now.

Wine Spectator, New York, NY-US
the Little Penguin Merlot South Eastern Australia 2004. 81 Points

Wine Spectator, New York, NY-USA Cabernet 85
Ripe, juicy and vigorous, with spicy berry flavors. Not a big wine, but has intensity and generosity. Drink now.

Wine Spectator, New York, NY-USA Shiraz 86
Ripe, juicy and vigorous, with spicy berry flavors. Not a big wine, but has intensity and generosity. Drink now. 175,000 cases imported.

Wine Spectator, New York, NY-USA Chardonnay 86
Bright, with a generous portion of pineapple and grapefruit flavors and hints of spice, lingering nicely. Drink now.

Wine Report, Atlanta, GA - U.S.
2004 The Little Penguin Chardonnay (South Eastern Australia). Summary: Clear and golden in appearance, this rather full-bodied crowd-pleaser offered almost sweet aromas and flavors of vanilla, pineapple, honeysuckle, lemon and cinnamon.

Wine News, Coral Gables, FL - U.S.
The Little Penguin 2005 White Shiraz South Eastern Australia

Wine Enthusiast, Elmsford, NY - U.S
The Little Penguin 2003 Merlot (South Eastern Australia) $7. Smells and tastes like a confection: aromas are sweet and marshmallowy, and fruit on the palate is soft, sweet and candied. Will please wine newbies. Imported by Southcorp Wines.

Wine Enthusiast, Elmsford, NY - U.S.
Little Penguin 2005 White Shiraz (South Eastern Australia). Smells as rosy and pink as it looks. Just slightly off dry, this Shiraz tastes like flowers and peaches. Drink this quaff on the patio.

Wine Enthusiast, Elmsford, NY - U.S. the Little Penguin 2004 Chardonnay (South Eastern Australia). 84 Points, Best Buy. Blooms with vibrant peach and nectarine notes on the nose, which persist in the mouth. The palate also has a slightly honeyed, or gingery character.

"DAILY WINE PICK" the Little Penguin Cabernet Sauvignon 2004: 85 POINTS "Lithe and light on its feet, with ripe currant and cherry fruit, polished texture and easy-drinking style. Drink now." Wine Spectator September 2005

the Little Penguin White Shiraz "Want the refreshing quality of white wine with the power of red? Reach for pink. Dry pink wines, also known as rosés, are the rage these days....This pink sipper is bursting with juicy fruit character and is balanced with a hint of tannins and bright acidity." San Francisco Chronicle September 1, 2005

the Little Penguin White Shiraz "The brand's fun, attractive packaging and signature icon penguin stand out against most traditional labels, and is aimed at social drinkers who simply want a good-tasting wine at a great value.... It is surprisingly tasty, with a good body and nose...

A refreshing summer wine, with bright berry aromas on the nose and a creamy cherry flavor on the palate. There is only a hint of sweetness in its soft, clean finish." Novus Vinum July 2005

the Little Penguin Chardonnay 2004: **** (4 stars) "Excellent: ripely flavored, full bodied, and unusually complex in flavor (toast, lemon peel, apple), with a medium long finish." Restaurant Wine newsletter, Ronn Wiegand June 2005

"BEST VALUE" the Little Penguin Shiraz 2004: 86 POINTS " Ripe, juicy and vigorous, with spicy berry flavors. Not a big wine, but has intensity and generosity. Drink now." Wine Spectator July 2005

the Little Penguin Shiraz 2004 "great wine at a modest price with easy drinkability." Better Home & Gardens May 2005

"BEST VALUE" the Little Penguin Chardonnay 2004: 86 POINTS "Bright, with a generous portion of pineapple and grapefruit flavors and hints of spice, lingering nicely. Drink now." Wine Spectator April 2005

"VALUE WINES" the Little Penguin Cabernet Sauvignon "The Little Penguin 2003/South Eastern Australia. Full bodied, silky, and textured with cooked plum, nutmeg, vanilla, mineral, black pepper, and tart cherry; medium to long finish. Top sirloin steak with braised onions."

the Little Penguin Shiraz "The Little Penguin 2003 South Eastern Australia. Full bodied, soft, and voluptuous with plum, blackberry, black currant, black pepper, and vanilla; medium finish. Filet mignon."

the Little Penguin Merlot "The Little Penguin 2003/South Eastern Australia. Beautiful dark ruby color; berries and a hint of banana on the nose precede nice berry fruit with a soft but firm structure on the palate; lengthy finish. Strong cheeses." Sante Magazine February 2005

the Little Penguin Chardonnay 2003 - Good/Very Good "Light, nicely round tastes, with a little bit of tangy acidity. Informal and easy, good with fried shrimp." Wall Street Journal, January 7, 2005 -- Dorothy J. Gaiter & John Brecher The Dow Jones Inexpensive Australian Chardonnay Index

the Little Penguin Shiraz 2003 **** (4 Stars) "Juicy, spicy, smoky and zin-like. Nice, ripe, sweet raspberry and red currant fruit. Round mouth-feel." The Press Democrat, Wine of the Week, January 5, 2005

"BEST BUYS 2004" the Little Penguin Chardonnay: 85 POINTS "Aromas are light, like talc powder or baking flour, mixed with a few golden apples. The feel is soft and fresh, with soft peach and apple flavors and a juicy finish. What's not to like, especially at this price?" Wine Enthusiast November 2004

"BEST RED WINE VALUES FROM AROUND THE WORLD" Spectator Selections: Best Values

the Little Penguin Cabernet Sauvignon: 85 POINTS "Light and appealing for its juicy, ripe berry flavors, which linger nicely on the crisp finish."

the Little Penguin Shiraz: 85 POINTS "Smooth and easy-drinking, with blueberry and black berry flavors that linger on the slightly light finish." Wine Spectator August 2004

"The 2003 Little Penguin Chardonnay...is a great value for everyday, casual consumption. Full of fruit and, thankfully, with only a touch of oak, it is to drink." The Boston Globe, Michael Apstein August 12, 2004

"The wine world is having fun wine with "animal brands" or "fun brands", wines with images and names that connote good times. And the wines themselves? Often nice "starter wines", which is what they are meant to be, and rarely anything more. But this one is: the Little Penguin packs a quality punch above and beyond its market category".

the Little Penguin Chardonnay: ***** (5 stars) "First Release. Exceptional: aromatic and fine in character (peach, pineapple, roasted nut), supple, full bodied, moderately intense in flavor and very long on the finish. Great debut."

the Little Penguin Shiraz: **** (4 stars) "First Release. Grapey and spicy in aroma, this is full bodied, off dry, well balanced with a medium long finish" Restaurant Wine newsletter, Ronn Wiegand June 2004

"Let the fun begin. The Little Penguin (is) right for consumers who are looking for party fare." Washington Post April 28, 2004

"The consumer-friendly attitude is evident in the cheery labels....Little Penguin is aimed at a younger, more casual audience." New York Times April 25, 2004

"Little Penguin's release this June and July is expected to create a nationwide splash..... Fun labels take the snootiness out of wine and make it more accessible." San Francisco Chronicle April 22, 2004

"(the Little Penguin is a) nontraditional, attractively packaged brand with a sense of fun. Doug Rogers, senior vice president of marketing, was quick to stress that despite its casual image, the Little Penguin is not "wine with training wheels on it." We are serious about the quality, he said. "Wine can be fun, but it should never be funny." Wine Spectator online April 9, 2004
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