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View details Ninth Island Sparkling N.V
$ 23.99 Ninth Island Sparkling N.V
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Chardonnay PinotNoir PinotMeunier / Pipers Brook / Tasmania
Ninth Island embarked on an odyssey to create the nation's finest sparkling by choosing the perfect ground to plant vines. In the creation of a Pipers River Sparkling, Ninth Island have intentionally aimed for an easy drinking style. Pinot Meunier plays an important role in the approachability, acting as a flavour accelerator that gives bright fruit notes on the nose and also acts to flesh out the middle palate. All is beautifully balanced by engaging Chardonnay characters of citrus, mineral and honeycomb, finishing with crisp and lingering acidity.
 
View details Ninth Island Sauvignon Blanc 2017
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SauvBlanc / Pipers Brook & Tamar / Tasmania
Ninth Island, often shrouded by ocean mists, is plainly visible across the waters from the namesake vineyards in northern Tasmania. The region has won an international reputation for producing world class Sauvignon Blanc, characterized by fragrant herbaceousness and crisp, racy fruit flavours. The Ninth Island estate vineyards at Pipers Brook and Tamar Valley are blessed by almost perfect conditions for flowering and fruit set, very well positioned to yield Sauvignon Blanc of good structure and fine balance.
 
View details Ninth Island Riesling 2007
$ 19.99 Ninth Island Riesling 2007
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Riesling / Pipers Brook & Tamar / Tasmania
This is like a young kid when allowed, finally, to speak at the table – bursting out with passionfruit, lime cordial, grape pulp, feijoa and cut grass. But it's not big, as such – just a riot of action. It's really well balanced, and a good-value drink.
 
View details Ninth Island Pinot Noir 2015
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PinotNoir / Pipers Brook Tamar Valley / Tasmania
Pinot Noir grown to a mixture of black cracking clays, characteristic of Tamar Valley vineyards, a further component from the volcanic soils of Pipers River. Both these terroirs have an excellent water holding capacity, offering a steady supply of moisture and nourishment to the vines throughout the growing season. Intensely perfumed with distinctive soft velvety textures and rich fresh vibrant fruit, Ninth Island is a wine that captures your palate's attention, offering the most sensual Tasmanian summer berry characters, appealing tannins and excellent mouthfeel.
 
View details Ninth Island Pinot Grigio 2016
$ 16.99 Ninth Island Pinot Grigio 2016
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PinotGris Grigio / Pipers Brook & Tamar / Tasmania
From superior, low yielding estate vineyards in the remarkable terroirs of Pipers Brook and Tamar Valley. Pinot Gris is a varietal which ripens quickly in all but the coolest of climes, it is very much at home in Tasmania. The fully ripe characters of West Tamar Pinot Gris are balanced by the naturally high and flavoursome malic acid of Pipers Brook fruit, contributing structure to a tight, refreshing and engaging, food friendly style. Good Grigio makes a perfect match with anything goats cheese, a bliss alongside abalone and truffle recipes.
 
View details Ninth Island Chardonnay 2016
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Chardonnay / Pipers Brook & Tamar / Tasmania
The main aim in crafting Ninth Island is to maximise the natural cool climate flavours and aromas of Chardonnay without the use of any oak. An assemblage of vineyards from the Tamar and Pipers River/ Pipers Brook regions which yield harvests of slowly ripened Chardonnay, paradoxically a normally quick to ripen varietal. There is extreme flavour accumulation and plenty of natural acidity in the grapes at harvest, translating into a fresh, early drinking style of Chardonnay wine that captures the distinctive flavours and affability of all things Tasmanian.
 
The Ninth Island Vineyard blocks sit on the 41st parallel astride Tasmania's lavish Pipers Brook and Tamar River Valley regions

Ninth Island, which is part of the Kreglinger group of wineries, acquired the immensely successful D Block Vineyard in 1993. Being located on the banks of the Tamar River this site does not have the frost risk of Tasmanian other vineyards. The view here is fantastic, and being a comparatively warm site, it is dedicated to table wine production, the backbone for Ninth Island's Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc range. It is also the source of Pipers Brook Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Tamar Estate (Cab/Merlot) wines. It is also the only site that is able to adequately ripen fruit if the vines are managed correctly to produce the Pipers Brook Tamar Estate Cab Merlot

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The E Block vineyard is a small 6Ha adjunct to Ninth Island Vineyard (D blocks) and was planted in 1995 to Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Riesling and Chardonnay. This vineyard is irrigated from time to time and is generally managed using a combination of mechanical and manual inputs. The north facing aspect of this vineyard provides ideal growing and ripening conditions for the lush vines.

Don Buchannan developed the small Ninth Island H Block vineyard in the Tamar Valley in the late 1980s. The vineyard plays a significat role in the Ninth Island wines, particularly the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. This vineyard operates principally under a mechanised management strategy with the use of machines for vine management where possible. Dolerite soils require seasonal irrigation and fertilisers for maintaining vine health and fruit quality.

The Ninth Island B Block vineyard was planted in 1987 mostly to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

The B Block vineyard is susceptible to spring and autumn frosts. These frost conditions are managed with the use of three frost fans and sprinkler frost control systems. Planted under a high-density regime, it is non irrigated and located on deep red Kroznozem soils, ideally suited to the production of the Ninth Island Sparklings. Ninth Island have engineered an ongoing vine grafting program into this vineyard to extract lavish Pinot Grigio fruit.

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The Ninth Island's G block property is the largest of the Pipers Brook Vineyard group. Totalling approx 56 Ha it was planted over three years from 1997 - 1999. It is planted primarily to pinot noir with some significant areas of chardonnay, pinot gris and a little pinot meniure. The soils generally consist of a medium clay loam through to a deeper Red Kroznozem soil type through the centre of the property. The vineyard is managed for production of both sparkling and table wines.

Viticulture operations are generally mechanised with the use of machine harvesters, wire lifting machines, leaf pluckers etc. This sight is flat in comparison to other Pipers Brook Vineyard sites and requires the seasonal use of five frost fans in susceptible areas to prevent damage to the vines from low overnight air temperatures. This vineyard is an important component to the Ninth Island Pinot Noir, Ninth Island Pinot Grigios and Ninth Island Sparkling wines.

The Ninth Island Sparkling wine vineyards are usually trained to a vertical shoot positioned canopy

The VSP system shades the fruit resulting in less colour and higher malic acid levels, both positive factors for sparkling wine. The cool sites produce ripe grapes with enough acidity to allow the base wines to undergo a full malo. This results in a rich, subtle and sophisticated style.

Low yields base wines only have richness and mouthfeel if they are from vines that have not been overcropped, ideally between 6 - 12 tonnes per hectare. Close planted vineyards history has shown that close planted vines do compete for soil moisture and begin their grape ripening cycle earlier than vines under less competitive pressure. The early style objective employed by Ninth Island for selected wines is to make big, juicy wines with rich mouthfeel and a dry finish.

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