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Review by Winsor Dobbin

Pikes 2014 ‘Traditionale’ Riesling – 96 pts

This is the 30th anniversary release of a Clare Valley icon – a wine that has been relentless in its excellence for many years. The Pikes make a classic Clare style; powdery and floral on the nose with Granny Smith apple notes; crisp, dry and refreshing on the palate with brisk citrus notes, bright acid and river pebble notes/zingy minerality. Lean and clean with just 11% alcohol, this is absolutely brilliant in its youth and can be a “go to” wine for summer enjoyment. A lot of experts will tell you to cellar this, but for me it is just too delicious in its youth to bother waiting for development. I’ll give it 96 points.

Published at Wine of the Week | October 4, 2014

2014 The Merle Riesling, Pikes Wines

Review by Gary Walsh

Pikes ‘The Merle’ Riesling 2014 – 94+pts

Grosset gets so many accolades as a Riesling Master, but Neil Pike is the man for me. Lime Finger, he’s the man, the man with midas touch. Touch of spice, lime leaf, big flavour, chalky feel, green herbs in the aftertaste. Has depth and power, just needs some time to breathe out. Throbbing.

Pikes ‘Traditionale’ Riesling 2014 – 94 pts

Tasted a dozen 2014 South Australian Riesling last night. Mainly very good. Pikes is pretty much my ‘go to’ Riesling over Riesling Season. Spicy, lime leaf, vanilla perfume, lemon/lime. Sweet juicy Riesling flavour, fine talc-like texture, bright acidity, slight herbal bitterness on the finish. Great drinking. Such bounciness and joy, which edged the rating up one point. I’d drink it young.

Published at The Wine Front | September 30, 2014