2002 “The E.W.P” Reserve Shiraz
“THE EWP” RESERVE SHIRAZ 2002
“Rich, complex, blackberry, satsuma plum and chocolate; round, long and supple mouthfeel. Quality cork”
95 Points. James Halliday – 2006 Australian Wine Companion.
“This shiraz fits the smooth, flavoursome style that’s a trademark of Neil Pike’s Clare Valley reds. It has a rich nose of syrupy dark berries, mocha and well-modulated toasty oak, and the palate follows in generous fashion with great depth of mellow ripe fruit, long flavour and poised tannins. EWP stands for Edgar Walter Pike, the winery’s patriarch”.
5 Stars. Ralph Kyte-Powell. Melbourne Age, August 2005.
“The flashiest, most complex and concentrated wine in this portfolio is the 2002 Shiraz EWP Reserve, which includes 2% Viognier. Its dense purple color is accompanied by sumptuous aromas of creme de cassis, honeysuckle, camphor, and damp earthy smells. Dense, pure, and medium to full-bodied, it should drink well for 7-8 years”.
92 Points. Robert Parker. The Wine Advocate, Issue 161.
“Neil Pike's father is Edgar Walter, so there you have it, Edgar Walter Pike, or EWP. This very special shiraz comes from a designated section of the Gill's Farm vineyard block. It's a huge, powerful, almost jammy shiraz that is softened somewhat by the addition of viognier (2%) to the blend. It has exactly what I'm looking for in a big Aussie shiraz - remarkable complexity, amazing layers of aroma and flavour, outstanding persistence and fruit purity (blackberry and raspberry) unblemished by the overwhelming influence of too much oak. Despite the abundance of firm tannins, Pikes EWP is supple enough to drink now”.
96 Points. Robert Whitley. Whitley on Wine. USA.
“This is a shiraz of colossal proportions with an impenetrably dark purple-red hue. Black coal, surging vanillin oak and black fruits are spiced up with smokey smallgoods, smoke house ham, chocolate and savoury complexity. A small (2%) Viognier addition is well handled and nicely integrated. This dense wine is tied down with firm, medium grained tannins and it finishes with good length. A huge wine, certainly, but not over the top, and with a well mannered structure”.
93 Points. Tyson Stelzer – Top 500 Wines 2005.
“Super-concentrated smells of licorice and dark plum with gentle toasty oak, showing savoury earthy richness. The palate is sumptuous and rich with swirling dark fruits providing a luscious flavour mix. Great balance and lingering fruit intensity. Suburb wine that will improve over many years. Drink: Now to 2012. Food: Beef on the Webber.”
94 Points. Ray Jordan. The Western Australian. May 2005.
"Inky violet. Deep but bright aromas of smoky raspberry, cherry and fresh rose, with a hint of candied licorice. The sweet, highly concentrated flavors of raspberry liqueur and wild strawberry are braced by fresh, juicy acidity, which adds clarity and precision to the wine. The bright, tangy finish features minerals and suave oak spice".
92 Points. Josh Raynolds - Tanzer's Wine Cellar, July 2006