Pikes Traditionale Riesling

Pikes Traditionale Riesling 2018

Clare Valley, South Australia   |    750ml   |    11.5%
The 2018 vintage of Pikes Traditionale Riesling represents the 34th release of this wine - which has firmly established itself as one of Australia's most respected Rieslings.

Packed with aromas of lime, lemon and fresh cut apple, this is spotlessly clean, displaying the clarity and purity of top class Clare Valley Riesling. The palate is fresh, bright and delicate, the citrus fruit provides up front flavour while the mouth filling acidity kicks in at the end and sees it finish clean dry and refreshing. Another delicious Clare Valley Riesling from the team at Pikes, which will be best enjoyed with seafood while the sun is shining.

"I left it several weeks before getting to my sample of the new Pikes riesling - because I knew exactly what I would be tasting. You simply cannot beat this Clare Valley classic for consistency and value for money. As 2018 was an outstanding riesling vintage, I expected this to be vibrant, zesty and delicious with lime/ lime bite to the fore. I was right, of course. This is one of those wines where it is hard to go wrong. Pair it with barbecued prawns. $26." - Winsor Dobbin, winsorschoice.blogspot.com

"Invariably find myself drinking a few bottles of this over the warmer months. Some spice and kaffir lime leaf, juicy citrus, pithy and chalky texture, a nice energy about it, delivering juicy flavour, crunch and a pretty impressive mouth-watering stony finish. Some gin and tonic sweetness/ bitterness in the aftertaste. Excellent. 93 Points Tasted: Nov18 11.5% alc $26 Screwcap Drink: 2018 - 2025+" - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.

Availability: In stock

Only available for purchase in 6 bottle increments.
Pikes Polish Hill River Estate is comprised of approximately 100 hectares of rolling slopes in Polish Hill River, an eastern sub-region of the Clare Valley. The vineyards are planted on easterly to south easterly aspects which protects the vines and grapes from the afternoon sun on hot summer days.

Soils are generally described as red brown over clay, with broken bluestone and slate subsoil. This provides good conditions for drainage during the cool, wet winters and low to moderate nutrient level in the soils. This has the effect of keeping grape yields naturally low which increases the concentration of flavour, aroma and tannin compounds within the berries.

The estate is planted with a diverse range of varieties including the Clare Valley stalwarts of riesling, shiraz, cabernet, and malbec. There’s also sauvignon blanc, semillon, tempranillo, sangiovese, chardonnay, pinot grigio, fiano, mourvedre, merlot and savignan.
South Australia
Clare Valley
Colour: Brilliant pale green.

Aroma: Suggestions of lime, lemon and fresh cut apple. Maybe some subtle bath powder aromas too. Spotlessly clean, it displays the clarity and purity of Clare Valley Riesling from a high-quality vintage.

Palate: Fresh, bright and delicate, the citrus fruit provides up front flavor while the mouth filling acidity kicks in at the end and sees the wine finish clean dry and refreshing.

Summary: This is the 34th release of our most important wine. The “Trad” is always a lovely drink on release, but 5 -7 years in the cellar will amply reward those who like their Rieslings with some bottle development. Drink with any seafood really, but it’s pairing with fresh shucked SA oysters is hard to top.

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