Great for a noodle or pasta-based salad, or spicy ethnic dishes. The more sips you take of this Clare Riesling, the more intense it seems to get. Its starts off slow, with muted minerality, and blossoms in the glass to reveal peach, nectarine and pink grapefruit flavors. Dry, but still unctuous, with a lingering, dusty mouthfeel that outlasts even the finish.
Pikes’ reserve-level Riesling is one to seek out. It has hints of fresh green herb interspersed with layers and layers of stony, minerally flavors. The wine is intense and has lively acidity and a long, smooth finish. 180 cases produced. Imported by USA Wine West.
Lush and creamy on the palate, this complex wine boasts flavors of slightly mossy, decaying cedar, molasses, damp earth and leather, all wrapped around a bright core of red berry. Supple and lasting on the finish. Drink now–2020.
Here’s proof that Pikes can make more than just a good Riesling. This red is over half Shiraz, with equal parts Grenache and Mourvèdre. The cool-climate fruit has cherry and mint nuances; the body is feminine but sinewy, and quite classy, reserved but still flavorful.
Smooth and medium in weight, this is a fine example of the lavishly oaked style, the deep sweet cherry fruit wrapped in a dark, toasty cocoon with leathery accents adding interest. Even tannins, black-toast and coffee accents show on the long finish. There’s a lot of wood here, but it’s better-utilized than in many other wines.
Tastes and smells fresh and sweet, like freshly mown hay and nectarines. The overall impression here is one of freshness, really, from its crisp, summery flavors to its zippy mouthfeel. A very nice wine, and a fair price for a taste of a perennial Oz favorite.
From a reliable Clare Valley producer, Pikes 2006 Dry Riesling appears to be an ageworthy effort, boasting plenty of crisp intensity. Lime, grapefruit and green apple notes are classic Riesling markers, ending long and mouthwatering. Drink now–2016, possibly beyond. Imported by USA Wine West.