In the creation of this Pipers River sparkling, Ninth Island have aimed for a consistent easy drinking style. The cuvee started life as an offspring of the Pirie Vintage, so it’s no surprise that it provides such amazing wine quality. The use of Pinot Meunier plays an important part in the immediate enjoyment and accessibility of the Ninth Island acting as a flavour accelerator that gives bright fruit notes on the nose and also acts to flesh out the middle palate.
The Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes for this wine were sourced from specific sparkling vineyard sites in the Pipers River region. All grapes are grown on narrow spaced vineyards, hand harvested from late March to early April, and carefully transported to the winery to be pressed within 2 hours due to the vineyards' close proximity to the winery.
Colour is a delicate pale gold. Subtle shortbread and nutty overtones from yeast influence combine with floral and raspberry highlights from the pinot noir/meunier grapes. Along with the delicate citrus and pear influence of the chardonnay grapes, the overall impression is of Christmas cake and spice with crème brulée aromas. A generous and multilayered palate exhibiting expressive Pinot Noir spices and red berry fruits, complemented by Pinot Meunier fruit weight. This is balanced by the Chardonnay flavours of citrus, mineral and honey, finishing with crisp and lingering acidity.
Fine, persistent mousse; elegant, intense wine built around green apple and citrus fruit, plus touches of creamy/toasty notes; very good finish and aftertaste. Drinking: Now; Rating: 92 Points; James Halliday; Australian Wine Companion
A three-way assembly of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier, this has a restrained apple and citrus-tinged nose, with some bright, fresh aromas and hints of cider-like yeastiness. The palate carries a savoury thread that lingers impressively - more citrus here too. Really impressive for the money. Drinking: Now; Rating: 90 Points; Nick Stock; The Good Wine Guide
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