VINEYARDS

Pikes Polish Hill River Estate is comprised of approximately 130 hectares of gently rolling slopes at Polish Hill River, an easterly sub region of the famous Clare Valley in the mid north of South Australia.
Our vineyards are predominately planted on easterly to south easterly aspects, and mainly on east-west row orientation, which helps protect the vines and grapes from the intense afternoon sun on hot summer days.


Philosophy

Healthy vine canopies help make great wines! Our preference for vine plantings is an East West orientation, which enables the fruit to be shaded by the canopy in the hottest parts of the day, avoiding sunburnt fruit and phenolic flavours. 

Varieties

Whilst we are best known for Riesling, we have been growing other varieties including Shiraz and Cabernet for 35 years. We now have 20 different varieties planted on our estate, including Chardonnay, Semillon, Grenache, Mourvedre, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Sangiovese. Over recent years we have been developing alternative varieties like Savagnin, Albarino, Nero d’Avola, Fiano, Montepulciano and Tempranillo.

We also buy a small amount of fruit from a few of carefully selected Clare Valley growers, some of whom have been supplying us grapes for more than 20 years. This strategy provides our winemakers with a greater diversity of grape material to work with, further enhancing the quality and complexity of our wines.

Straw Mulch

We have been using straw mulch for many years as we recognise the importance this plays in the health of our vines and ultimately in the quality of our wines. Not only does it have the sustainability benefits of reducing herbicide use and reducing water evaporation in extreme heatwave conditions, it also plays a critical role in reducing the soil temperatures under the vine to ensure healthy root growth. It also adds valuable organic matter to the soils as it naturally decomposes and breaks down.

It also reduces the temperature significantly in the fruit zone, because it stops the reflective heat off the ground, and again helps protect those pristine and pure fruit characters. The entire vineyard has a new application of straw mulch every three to five years. 

Harvesting

With our winery situated on site, and with our own modern equipment, we harvest our fruit in the cool of night and deliver it to the winery to be crushed, chilled and pressed within 60 minutes of picking. This is of huge benefit in keeping the fruit flavours bright and fresh in our wines, as it minimises oxidation and skin contact time with the juice.