Sauvignon Blanc 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.
Sauvignon Blanc is harvested from low cropping vines, mainly trained to VSP trellises which exposes more of the ripening bunches to the sun, achieving full ripeness and balanced flavours. Winemaking techniques designed to capture and enhance the characteristics of Sauvignon Blanc are employed. Grapes are carefully destemmed and crushed to full protective handling techniques that avoid any juice oxidation or browning. Juices are fermented slowly at cooler temperatures to retain the exquisite vegetable and mineral characters unique to the region and vineyard. Bottled immediately upon completion, to maximise the retention of fresh fruit bouquet and flavours.
Pale golden straw hues. Lifted floral bouquet of freshly picked lilies, oyster shells, the perfume is mineralized, soft and elegant. Medium bodied, well balanced, the flavours are long and fine, lush tropical fruits, mangoes and paw paw, passion fruits and the green of asparagus, supported by crisp savouryness and cleansing acid spine. Match with scallops or lobster risotto with sea vegetables.