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Ninth Island Pinot Grigio

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The Ninth Island range comes from the hallowed and heavenly soils of Tasmania, a region that is clearly demonstrating that cool climate wines are a force to be reckoned with. These grapes were sourced from the Pipers River and this wine has been made in the Italian Grigio style, so it’s crisp and clean and perfect with simple fish dishes. It’s tropical and musky with hints of spice before a burst of tropical fruit and zesty acids before a lingering fruit finish.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Pale golden straw, with a slight coppery hue.

Nose: Gently lifted bouquet of rose petal and pot pourri with lush exotic tropical fruits, dried banana chips, Turkish delight and the soft hints of musk talc and sweet Asian spice.

Palate: A lush full-bodied palate, flavour reminiscent of freshly squeezed exotic tropical fruits; paw-paw, mango, banana passion fruit, all with the soft and elegant alluring flavours of a ripe tropical punch that finishes lively and fresh with zingy crisp acid and lingering fruit.

Food: A Pinot Grigio made for your enjoyment, yet versatile and complex enough to match with a wide array of different appetizers & cuisine; Alsatian Onion Tart, Perfect with seafood, such as fried calamari, is a natural with oysters, clams and crab, white bait, fresh crayfish/lobster, spicy tuna, salt & pepper squid, pan-fried ocean trout, Sashimi/sushi dishes, grilled veggies, cream-sauce pastas or simply a Caesar Salad, If you love goats cheese Pinot Grigio is a perfect match.

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Ninth Island Pinot Grigio

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Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Shame on you, cheapo grigio! Overcropped, overpriced, overhyped – I’m over you! Thank goodness I still have Ninth Island to turn to. Its crunchy, fresh Tassie fruit and gorgeous fragrance of frangipani and linden blossom will transport you to an island in just one sip. $15 at 1st Choice.
92
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
88
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
90
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Here is one of the best Grigios you'll find at this price. The cool Tassie air has blessed it with a line of structured, lime-like acidity that cuts like a shard of ice through its core. Crisp Pink Lady apple, Nashi pear, vanilla pod and freshly ground nutmeg flavours complete the picture.
92
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Faint blush tint; unusually scented rose petal, spice and tropical aromas lead into a very long palate, with a mineral and citrus backbone; very good balance. Tasmania is clearly suited to the variety.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Bright and breezy Tassie grigio with some fine aromatic notes, cool apple and melon fruits and Epsom salts. It delivers much more ripeness on the palate: apples, stone fruits - almost tropical - bananas and musk, pinned place with crisp acidity, finishing with harmony and freshness. Plenty of appeal.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
92
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Lively, fresh and tangy, with notes of citrus, apple and pear; has much more flavour interest than most grigios.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
90
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Very cleverly made, with a touch of residual sugar balanced by crisp acidity; light pear and musk varietal fruit notes.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
88
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Minerally, with touches of citrus blossom; light to medium-bodied; balance quite good.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
89
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
A challenging and interesting mix of gritty, minerally, flinty flavours alongside pear and apple; fractionally hot finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
87

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