NV Ninth Island Sparkling
NV Ninth Island Sparkling
$26.99 Per Bottle|
$161.94 (Case 6 x 750ml)
Consistently highly rated by wine critics, juicy, zippy citrus flavours lead the charge with this great value sparkling. There's complexity, delicious green apple, yellow citrus, honey and baked bread flavours, licks of creaminess and a fresh, dry finish. And above all that, it's elegant and stylish. A great starter to any celebration.
State of the art computer controlled Bucher airbag presses are used with a modified sparkling pressing cycle to yield approximately 550 litres per tonne of free run juice from the whole bunch pressed grapes. The juice is then batch fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged in tank on primary yeast lees for 6 to 8 months before assemblage.
The wine is then tiraged and spends 24 months on lees in bottle before disgorgement, at which time the wine spends a further four months on cork before release. 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. Rene Bezemer
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.
Ninth Island is one of the labels of the Kreglinger group. Krelinger is a Belgium based company that was formed as a family business in 1797, their business brought them to Australia in 1897 but it was not until the year 2000 that they diversified into wine. Ninth Island represents the second label of the Pipers Brook vineyards, based in Tasmania. The name refers to a tiny island that sits alone in the Bass Strait, just offshore from the Pipers Brook Estate. The Ninth Island vineyard can be found on the banks of the Tamar. The site is comparatively warm and perfect for the production of table wine styles such as Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. They are predominantly made as early drinking styles, with all the fruit sourced from Tamar valley. The Ninth Island's windswept, pristine environment is the inspiration behind this modern range of wines that capture the wild flavours of Tasmania.
Depth and presence of red apple fruit contrasts with crunchy lemon zest and grapefruit crunch, making for a bright and refreshing style of pale straw hue, with the subtle almond meal notes of lees age. Dosage is well matched, there is subtle lees-derived texture, and it carries excellent line and length, making for a compelling and value-for-money sparkling.'
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
A potent traditional method blend of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier. You know without being told (and you aren't) that this will be a blend of the recent prior vintage plus small amounts from older vintages. You are also left to guess how long it was left on lees before being disgorged, but it's undeniably complex, with tangerine, white flowers, grapefruit and crunchy green apple.'
Clean, fresh, peach and melon fruit balanced with light nutty toasty notes, fresh lively acidity and good line of citrus characters.'
BEN THOMAS - THE WEEKLY REVIEW
A blend of the three traditional sparkling grapes - chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier - and it's a good one. It has floral stone fruit, lemon zest, cherry and Scotch Finger biscuit aromas. With a vigorous, smooth mousse, it's zippy and zesty with lemon, grapefruit and stone fruit flavours. There's a red berry accent too. Grippy and tightly structured, it's dry, refreshing and rather delicious.'