Pikes Clare Valley Riesling 2019

Pikes Traditionale Riesling 2019

Clare Valley, South Australia   |    750ml   |    11%
The newly released 2019 vintage of Pikes Traditionale Riesling represents the 35th release of this wine, which has firmly established itself as one of Australia's great Rieslings. Packed with classic aromas of lime, lemon and fresh cut apple, this displays the clarity and purity found in only the finest Clare Valley Riesling.

The palate is fresh, bright and delicate; 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.

"94 Points. Traditional by all means as it winds its way across the palate in typical Pikes style, offering as much today as it will in 5+ years time. It has the full range of riesling flavour at a minimal alcohol level. $26.00 Date when tasted 18 Sep 2019 11% alc. Drink By: 2029 Screwcap" - James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au.

"93 Points. Year in, year out, this is a great buy. Aromas of dried flowers, dried herbs and talcum powder. It's fruit, intense, just slightly off-dry and very approachable, with crunchy texture and lively acidity bracing its delicious fruit. Drink or cellar. $27" - Huon Hooke, 100 Top New Release, Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine, Dec/ Jan 2020.

"The cut and thrust of young Clare riesling. This is more cut than thrust but there’s certainly no shortage of length. The only real question is whether or not it sits too much on the lean side; the flavours here really do drill through the palate. It’s a good old-fashioned teeth rattler. Lime, lemon sorbet and talc. This needs an extra few months in bottle at the least. 91+ Points Tasted: Oct19 11% alc. Price: $26 Screwcap Drink: 2020 - 2027+"- Campbell Mattinson, 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: Fragrant aromas of kaffir lime, lemon and talc. Maybe some subtle feijoa aromas too. It displays the clarity and purity of dry Clare Valley Riesling from an excellent vintage.

Palate: Fresh, bright and delicate, the citrus fruit provides up front flavor while the mouth-watering spine of acidity elevates the wine to a clean, dry crescendo. Delicious.

Summary: This is the 35th release of this much-loved wine. The “Trad” is always a lovely drink upon release, but 5 -7 years in the cellar will reward those who like a little bottle age. Drink with any seafood really, but it’s pairing with fresh shucked SA oysters is hard to top.

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