2016 Ninth Island Sauvignon Blanc
|Bottles per case:||12|
|Price per case:||$282.00 (RRP)|
Introduction: Ninth Island, although often shrouded by ocean mists, is visible from our vineyards in northern Tasmania. The island name has been used for our range of fresh, early drinking style wines that capture the distinctive cool-climate flavours and nature of Tasmania.
Season: The 2016 growing season was characterized by almost perfect growing conditions for flowering and fruit set, followed by long warm summer ripening days in the season. As a result of well balanced vines the small bunches and berries have contributed to this intensely perfumed Sauvignon Blanc which has achieved lush flavor ripeness, soft delicate aromatics that are balanced by a well-integrated acid spine.
Soil: Sites int he Tamar Valley are a mixture of brown Chromosol and Vertosol soils. Both soil types have excellent water holding capacity, offering a steady supply of moisture and nourishment to the vines throughout the growing season.
Viticulture: Vine are grown predominantly on cane-pruned, Vertical Shoot Positioned (VSP) trellises, which help to expose bunches to the sun. Selected leaf-plucking helps achieve full ripeness with well-balanced, fleshy flavours.
Winemaking: Cold harvested at night. Carefully de-stemmed and crushed using fully protective handling to avoid juice oxidation. This preserves naturally vibrant tropical aromas and flavours. Juice brightly clarified and fermented very slowly at very cool temperatures in stainless steel vats. Bottled early under screw cap to preserve intensely perfumed aromas and fresh, fleshy tropical fruit showing integrated crisp acidity.
Analysis: Alcohol: 13.0% ~ Titratable acidity: 7.7 g/L ~ pH: 3.17
Colour: Typically pale in the glass, with flashes of green telegraphing its vitality.
Bouquet: The aromas are engaging: ripe and varietal, with tropical and lime/citrus notes complementing the expected blackcurrant leaf and summer pea elements.
Palate: lively and crisp tropical fruit flavours drive the palate. Nuances of pineapple, greengage, ripening banana and freshly cut herbs lend support
Ageing potential: Will drink well to 2017, with likely best year 2017.
Food suggestion: The wine makes a welcome partner to summer salads, barbequed white meats, Thai fish cakes and mushroom risotto.