Pikes 2018 Vintage Report: A ‘Traditionale’ Triumph in Tricky Conditions

ANOTHER Pikes vintage is in the books and didn’t it throw up a few curve balls? “A strange old year,” says Neil Pike. “One of the driest growing seasons I

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Ultrasonic Cleaning Eases Pressure On Barrel Stocks

Pikes was delighted recently to welcome back the men from Vinsonus, a truly innovative and successful South Australian company. Vinsonus’s High Power Ultrasonic (HPU) barrel cleaning technology has been an

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9 wines to spice up your festive drinks list

The festive season is upon us once more and I’m sure most of you, like me, are very much looking forward to a break. It seems to have been one

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Will the real Albarino please stand up?

As we roll (too) rapidly towards another vintage, our vines are jumping out of their skins! Flowering is almost complete and given the early burst of summer weather, we will

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Summer 2016: Vineyard Clippings

After the floods! When I penned some notes for the last newsletter in July, the dams were still empty and everything looked reasonably dry for the first month of winter.

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Summer 2016: Merle’s Big Day Out

Well, we did it again. We scooped the pool at the 2016 Clare Valley Regional Wine Show for the third straight year. The 2016 “The Merle” Riesling won all the

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Whatever The Weather 2016

When it’s all said and done, we vignerons are basically grape farmers, so I guess it is no surprise that we are always banging on about the weather. Typical bloody

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Winter 2016: The Resilience of Riesling

I am constantly amazed at the resilience of Riesling. In the past decade we have copped some pretty interesting seasons in our neck of the woods. In fact, we’ve just

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Winter 2016: Vineyard Clippings

We’re in the throes of another winter and it looks like being a classic Clare affair; constant showers, drizzle, low cloud, cold winds and matching temperatures. But we are definitely

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Vintage 2016

Crisp, dry Riesling wines are synonymous with the Clare Valley. Riesling has grown here for more than 150 years and forged an enviable reputation as an outstanding and resilient viticultural

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