One of Australia’s foremost Rieslings, The Merle is tight and precise on release, with the winemaking and fruit quality behind it to age gracefully for many years post-bottling.
A must for any Riesling drinker, and, like its stablemate, often in high demand once released.
At time of writing, we also have very limited stocks of the ever-popular Pikes entry-level Riesling, the ‘Traditionale’... No fridge should be without it this summer…
My oh my this really is good. So dry, so intense, so slatey. Lime and lime blossom characters keep everyone happy but then there’s this rocky, minerally, slatey sheet of flavour and texture. People hate it when wine folk use descriptions like 'licking rocks' but you know, it’s not me it’s them, some wines just naturally provoke such things. This wine does. This is a star of the Clare, no doubt.
95 points, Wine Front (October 2019)
Subdued, restrained, floral aroma of dried flowers and pot-pourri. Faint yeastiness. The wine is delicate and dry, refined and understated, with tightness and precision. All it needs is a bit more time. Searing acidity on the after-palate. This is superb and will be a great drink in a few years.
95 points, Real Review (September 2019)
Over many years the Pike name has been associated with classical, age-worthy Clare Valley rieslings of archetypal regional and varietal purity. The Merle is at the top of the tree, and 2019 is a worthy example. It opens with delicate citrus zest, floral and yeasty aromas that are very reserved in youth. The palate is penetrating, yet austere and underplayed, with a long finish and a tart, sherbetty backbone of acidity. If ever there was a riesling that demanded ageing, this is it.
96 points, Real Review, January 2020
The Clare ValleyThe Clare Valley is located two hours north of Adelaide in the Mount Lofty ranges. The region was settled by John Horrocks who encouraged his servant James Green to plant the first vines in 1842. Climate in the Clare Valley is continental with hot summers, cold winters and low rainfall that necessitates supplementary irrigation. Soils in the valley are predominantly red brown loams over shale, permitting excellent drainage. Many of the best vineyards are located at higher elevations of 400-500m on sites that take advantage of the cool breezes that funnel up the corrugation of hills from the south. The Clare Valley is renowned for its zesty fruit-pure Rieslings particularly from the sub-regions of Polish Hill and Watervale. The region also produces intense age-worthy sturdy reds from Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.