Ninth Island wines are produced by Kreglinger Wine Estates at their Pipers Brook winery in Northern Tasmania. The estate grown and produced wines are made from fruit sourced from Estate owned vineyards in the Pipers Brook and Tamar Valley regions of Tasmania. The wine is named after a small island in Bass Strait opposite the Pipers River Vineyard's. The small island covering around 32 hectares is a wildlife refuge for penguins and the occasional seal and of course there are no vineyards there.
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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