2016 Ninth Island Pinot Noir
RRP $26.99 per bottle
Our Price $21.99
$263.88 (12 x 750ml)
A one-off release of a double-declassified pinot noir batch, with the climatic conditions making the challenge to achieve estate grade insurmountable. The nose has brambly, ripe cherry fruit notes ahead of sappy bracken and a fresh, grassy edge. The palate s got some weight and shape, and sturdy tannins arrive in a wall of brambly red and darker berry fruit flavour. Satisfying and actually quite complex.NowGood Wine Guide
This wine exemplifies the adage that opportunity comes out of adversity, and I can only guess that some serious declassification from Pipers Brook’s more senior pinot noirs has lifted its lowest tier wine in this challenging season. If elegance is to be prized above impact, this is a remarkable pinot for the price. It’s unashamedly light- to medium-bodied, yet anything it lacks in weight it more than compensates for in refinement and exactness of pink pepper, fragrant rose hip, strawberry, red cherry and raspberry nuances of impressive line and carry. Charged with tangy acidity and beautifully textured, finely structured tannins, this is the perfect summer lunchtime red. Drink it as you might Beaujolais.2012-2014Wine Taste Edition 97
Bright colour; bright red cherry bouquet, offset by herbaceous notes of mint and spice; the palate is driven by taut acidity, and almost gravelly tannins to conclude.2014Australian Wine Companion 2012
A straightforward light, bright and tangy pinot noir that offers early-Drinking appeal. The nose carries wild strawberries and leafy herbal hints. The palate brings a little extra tannin chew, chirpy acid and a fresh, crisp finish.NowThe Good Wine Guide
Light but very bright colour; fragrant spicy red fruits, then a tangy palate that has plenty of drive and energy. Very reliable wine.2015Australian Wine Companion 2012
Poached strawberry here, some light spice and a warm raspberry aroma, really nicely framed in light herbs, too, with some musky perfume at the edges. The palate has meaty flavour, some bright acid crunch, light, lacy tannins and easy-going charm.NowThe Good Wine Guide
A meaty, slightly cooked pinot that should quickly settle down. Its slightly pruney aromas of plums, cherry kernels and cloves precede a long, tight and rather lean and stewy palate whose plum and cherry flavors are underpinned by a fine, but firmish undercarriage.Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
Good colour hue and depth; fragrant and vibrant, with abundant red fruits and a touch of forest floor/sap to add interest.Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Ninth Island was one of the first 'value' pinot noirs to shake up the Australian pinot market. It's still doing the business. Oh, lots of character here! Full of lovely pencilly, earthy, peppery flavours on a core of bright, cherried fruit. You'd almost call it Euro-styled. It's a pulpy (don't mention the mill), generous wine with the enjoyment factor turned to high. There's a bit of sex-on-a-forest-floor funkiness here -or put it this way: it's not a technocratic wine; it's a wine that rocks and rolls.The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
This is a dense and spicy pinot that speaks of its cool-climate origin with some cooler herbs and cherries, fine bright fragrance and a hint of pepper. The tannins are taut and chewy, a distinctive regional Tasmanian pinot of good depth and density; bold and confident.Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
Bright colour; fragrant and pure pinot, presented without adornment, simply because it doesn't need it. Small wonder it is one of the best value pinots on the market today.Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Herbal and stewy, with confection-like flavours of cherries and raspberries over hints of currants and caramel. Its juicy, rather stewed and green-edged palate finishes with raw, metallic notes. Clearly made from stressed fruit.Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
Some minty notes to the bouquet over a substrate of red fruits; plenty of substance and structure to the palate, with plum, spice and cherry fruit, excellent valueAustralian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Under and over-ripened, with meaty, greenish aspects beneath its jammy, almost treacle-like expression of red cherry and plum-like fruit. It finishes raw and powdery, with a bitter-edged extract.Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
A pretty, vibrant and slightly confectionary pinot whose floral aromas of raspberries and cherries reveal lightly herbal and minty undertones. Forward and fruity, with some genuine underlying structure, it does dry out a little towards the finish, becoming a tad herbal, green-edged and metallic, lt might yet, however, flesh out further in the bottle.Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
Strong colour; considerable power and density to plum and black cherry fruit; good tannin, structure and length; will flower further as it softens.Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
A firm and lively young pinot whose gamey aromas of cherries and plums are backed by nuances of cloves and cinnamon, with a whiff of butter and vegetal undertones. It's slightly jammy and drying, with a lingering core of sweet raspberry and plummy fruit framed by quite compact and bony tannins.Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
Pleasing, fruits pinot with a slightly cooked and prune-like aroma of ripe cherries and plums, with a surprisingly rich and generous palate whose core of ripe fruit is underpinned by some firm, integrated tannin.Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
Nice texture and weight; plum, soft spice and a touch of stem; good length.Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
Medium to full red-purple; clean plummy fruit aromas lead into a palate with considerable richness and ripeness, the plummy fruit of the bouquet supported by sweet, soft tannins. Neither particularly complex, nor particularly long, but right now a pleasure to drink.Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
Very good, deep colour for Pinot Noir; lots of ripe plummy fruit in a direct mode, then a touch of spice on the bouquet; the palate, likewise, has above average depth, and Ninth Island must have threaded the needle vintage-wise. The mouthfeel is still on the firm side, and a year or so in bottle will improve the wine out of sight.Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
Vivid, light purple-fuchsia; fragrant strawberry and cherry fruit aromas are faithfully repeated on the palate, with just a hint of the forest. Could surprise with its bottle development.Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
Ninth Island Pinot Noir showcases our cool climate vineyard sites in the North of Tasmania.
The Vineyard: Produced from grapes grown at Pipers Brook and at Strathlynn on the west bank of the Tamar River, 70km away. Northeast sites are close to Bass Strait and are subject to strong maritime influences. The Tamar Valley’s hillside slopes offer vines some protection from prevailing westerly winds, promoting warm, settled conditions for much of the growing season. The West Tamar also has surprisingly low rainfall. Sites around Pipers Brook feature Ferrosol (volcanic) soils, while those in the Tamar Valley are Vertosol (black cracking clay) soils. Both soil types have excellent water holding capacity, offering a steady supply of moisture and nourishment to the vines throughout the growing season. Pioneering clonal selection gives consistency of up front fruit and palate balance from old vine material. These 30 year old vines give low yields with increase concentration and flavour. Predominantly Vertical Shoot Positioned (VSP) trellises, which expose bunches to the sun, thus achieving full maturity with well-balanced flavours and fine, ripe tannins.
Winemaking: Harvested during the cool early morning temperatures, the grapes were de-stemmed and crushed without delay. The crushed fruit was allowed to soak at cool temperatures for 2-3 days, then inoculated and fermented at between 25-30°C in stainless vessels. The wine was gently pressed off skins prior to full malolactic fermentation. Bottled early under screw cap to preserve intensely perfumed aromas and rich, vibrant fruit with soft velvety tannins.
Tasting Notes: Expressive aromas of raspberry, boysenberry with spice and hints of black cherry. Concentrated flavours of blackberry and cherry with elements of cedar and lasting savoury spice. Abundant berry fruit and fine structure, perfectly suited for early enjoyment.
Food Match: Its food matches are endless. Try it with Asian and Mediterranean dishes with a slight sweetness, such as duck with plum sauce, rack of lamb, grilled salmon or barbecued Asian spiced octopus.
Cellaring Potential: Up to 5 years.