2021 Pikes Traditionale Riesling
Pikes have long produced one of Clare Valley’s benchmark Rieslings, 2021 marking the 37th release, one which the Pikes family believe is one of the best from the last decade. Fruit is sourced predominately from the Estate’s Polish Hill River vineyard with the balance coming from growers located in the Watervale, Sevenhill, Leasingham and Mintaro districts. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel on lees for 3 months.
Brilliant water like core with greenish tinged edges. Intense lime and citrus aromas jump out of the glass with orange rind, talc and chalky mineral scents also evident. Powering across the mouth watering palate with great concentration are lime, citrus and orange rind fruits. Finishes dry with crunchy acidity, elements of chalky talc and flinty mineral characters lying underneath. Long, utterly scrumptious conclusion.
Drink over the next 5-6 years.
Bright lime and apple aromas here with a very fresh stance. Some white peach in the mix, too. The palate has a wealth of powerful lime and white-peach flavor with good depth and concentration. Impressive. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
Pure joy here! Lime zest, lemon pith, citrus blossom, brine, green apple skins and plenty of plush – almost ripe – stone fruit on the palate. This is generous and attractive, the acidity providing the tension and structure that it needs to elevate it into deliciousness. And delicious it is. Drink by 2031.
Erin Larkin – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion
Pretty much the perfect vintage in Clare. It has resulted in some memorable wines and this classy value for money offering delivers with typical style and poise; crunchy lively lemon pith with a zesty citrus tang. The zingy acid carries the palate through to a fully extended finish leaving the mouth fresh and alive. Drink 2021-2031.
Ray Jordan – WinePilot