Ninth Island is part of the Kreglinger Wines stable, which also includes Pipers Brook and Norfolk Rise. The range is widely distributed and can be found at most major liquor stores. Today I’m reviewing the Ninth Island Pinot Noir 2017, which I’d say is one of the more
Like I said in my Frontera review, it’s hard to find decent quality Pinots at reasonable prices. I love a good quality Pinot but there aren’t many out there for less than $20 that I’d enjoy drinking. Still, there are always exceptions if you look hard enough – I can recommend Oakridge’s Over The Shoulder Pinot Noir for instance. I tasted it last year though unfortunately the review disappeared when I upgraded the site.
Tasmania – which is where this Ninth Island wine is from – has a growing reputation for Pinot Noir, as well as sparkling wine and Chardonnay. The cooler climate makes it probably the ideal place in Australia to grow a fickle, late ripening grape like Pinot. However, it’s also one of the most expensive places in the country for winemakers to buy grapes from. A tonne of Pinot Noir grapes costs around $3,000 here, which makes it very hard to find bargains.
The Review: Ninth Island Pinot Noir 2017
There’s a sweet cherry nose here that’s marred by a sort of stinky barnyard character. It’s Thin and almost water like on the palate, aside from a slightly bitter aftertaste. There’s not a lot to it, basically. It’s a wine you could drink without really thinking about it, which is fine for many people, but if that’s what you’re after there are cheaper wines out there. If I was spending $19 on a bottle of wine I’d expect something with a little more going for it.