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2016 Ninth Island Sauvignon Blanc

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Did you know that Ninth Island is actually a place? Here at Cracka we always just thought it was some sort of mythical label name in the 'Dog Vineyard Mountain Creek Estate' style. What a surprise to hear it actually exists (it's an island in Tasmania visible from the Ninth Island/Pipers Brook winery at Pipers Brook). Regardless, this is a tropical and juicy style of Sauvignon Blanc pushed riper and more mouth-filling than most equivalent Sauv styles. All it needs is to be served icy cold somewhere with a view (and prawns). Maybe even a view of said island?..

expert reviews

Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
In these fleeting moments before the onslaught of 2011 sauv (steady!), be sure your 2010 punts have lasted the distance. Ninth Island is a Duracell bunny, zapped with such a charge of electric acidity that it will keep going for years! It could confidently stand in for sparkling to open proceedings.
Wine Taste Edition 18: June 10, 2010
92
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
2012
Australian Wine Companion 2012
87
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Very well made; an ideal combination of tropical and grassy/minerally components giving immediate pleasure.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
93
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Quite exotic tropical fruits, with some pungency on the bouquet and palate
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
88
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Abundant mouthfeel, with tropical gooseberry and melon fruit well outside the normal spectrum for Tas.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
91
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Clean, nicely balanced, with the faintest touch of sweetness, albeit diminished varietal character.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
89
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Thin, flat and stale, this cooked and candied sauvignon blanc lacks length of fruit, finishing short and greenish, with botrytis evident.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
77
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Pungent, lightly sweaty and vegetal aromas of gooseberries, green cashews and cassis precede a juicy, nutty, green-edged and generous palate whose oily texture just lacks great length, finishing a little thin and short.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
83
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
86
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; there is a mix of gooseberry and herbal fruit on a clean, moderately intense bouquet. The palate offers quite positive flavours, with a flick of residual sugar sweetness; overall, well balanced and neatly made.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
84

winemaker's notes

Vinification
Our aim in the winemaking of this style is to maximise all the natural, cool climate flavours and aroma’s distinctive of Sauvignon Blanc from our region in northern Tasmania, by expressing the rich tropical nature of the variety with balanced underlying soft herbaceous tones, the grapes are carefully de-stemmed and crushed using full protective handling techniques that avoid any juice oxidation or browning. The juice is then clarified and is fermented very slowly at cool temperatures in stainless steel vats. To maximise retention of aromatics, the resultant wine has been bottled early under screwcap, producing a style that is intensely aromatic with a well-integrated crisp acid finish

Appearance
Pale golden straw with a tinge of lime.

Aroma
A lifted floral bouquet of freshly picked lilies, hints of oyster shells, the perfume is mineralized, soft and elegant, talc like; with underlying tones of fresh fruits such as gooseberry, passion fruit, and vanilla cream, finishing with a hint of mango and the sweet grassy aroma of dill.

Palate
Medium bodied, well-balanced and soft structured palate, the flavours are long and fine, with expressive lush tropical fruits, mango, paw paw, banana passion fruit and sweet baby asparagus, all nicely balanced by savoury notes and a fresh crisp cleansing acid spine, which provides tightness to the finish, whilst the fruit remains delicate and lingering.

Food Matching
A Sauvignon Blanc made for your enjoyment and to drink on its own, yet versatile enough to match with a wide array of different appetizers & cuisine; grilled pork loin, chicken salad, fried goats cheese salad with cranberries, Mexican dishes, spring vegetable and seafood stir-fry’s, pasta’s, curries, salsas; Pan-seared scallops, risotto of lobster with sea vegetables, shellfish, freshly shucked oysters, asparagus with prosciutto and shaved parmesan.

Alc/Vol: 13.0%

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