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PIKES The Merle Reserve Riesling, Clare Valley 2019

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96 points - RKP 96 RKP 95 points - CM 95 CM 95 points - HH 95 HH PIKES The Merle Reserve Riesling, Clare Valley 2019 PIKES The Merle Reserve Riesling, Clare Valley 2019

PIKES The Merle Reserve Riesling, Clare Valley 2019

<p>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. </p> <p>A must for any Riesling drinker, and, like its stablemate, often in high demand once released. </p> <p>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… </p> <div class="btn btn-lang-lg btn-block btn-lang-red" style="max-width: 300px; margin: 30px auto; font-size: 13pt;"><a style="color: #fff;" href="/product/49498/1/2019/pikes/traditionale-riesling,-clare-valley" target="_blank">See The ‘Trad’ &gt;</a></div>
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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…

  • Style: Riesling
  • Vintage: 2019
  • Region: Clare Valley
  • Code: PTMRR
  • Varietal: Riesling
  • Country: Australia

Region Clare Valley

The Clare Valley

The 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.

Winery PIKES

Langton’s Selections Pikes Reserve Riesling, Pikes Riesling, Pikes Reserve Shiraz Like Mitchell, this small Clare Valley producer deserves more recognition for its beautifully defined Rieslings and fruit driven Shirazes. Pikes Wines was established in 1984 by Neil and Andrew Pike and now comprises 140 acres/55 hectares of southeast facing vineyard planted on red/brown earth over yellow clay subsoil and slate in the cool Polish Hill River sub-region of the Clare Valley. The vines are trellised to a single wire with moveable foliage wires for vertical shoot positioning. Supplementary irrigation is used only when necessary. The fruit is all picked by hand at optimum ripeness. Its crisply structured Traditionale Riesling is cold settled prior to fermentation in stainless steel tanks. It is a very fresh classical Clare style. All of the old reserve wines have been given new names based on family.The Merle Riesling (named after Merle Pike) is a profoundly aromatic and concentrate
Langton’s Selections Pikes Reserve Riesling, Pikes Riesling, Pikes Reserve Shiraz Like Mitchell, this small Clare Valley producer deserves more recognition for its beautifully defined Rieslings and fruit driven Shirazes. Pikes Wines was established in 1984 by Neil and Andrew Pike and now comprises 140 acres/55 hectares of southeast facing vineyard planted on red/brown earth over yellow clay subsoil and slate in the cool Polish Hill River sub-region of the Clare Valley. The vines are trellised to a single wire with moveable foliage wires for vertical shoot positioning. Supplementary irrigation is used only when necessary. The fruit is all picked by hand at optimum ripeness. Its crisply structured Traditionale Riesling is cold settled prior to fermentation in stainless steel tanks. It is a very fresh classical Clare style.
All of the old reserve wines have been given new names based on family.The Merle Riesling (named after Merle Pike) is a profoundly aromatic and concentrated wine with plenty of lemon curd aromas and minerally acidity. The EWP Reserve Shiraz – with a touch of Viognier – is named after Edgar Walter Pike and is matured for 24 months in new French oak. The Premio Sangiovese Merlot, also a part of the Reserve range, is slightly off-beat and doesn’t really have much presence on the secondary wine market. Pike’s have several different cuvees including Eastside Shiraz, The Red Mullet, Luccio Sangiovese Blend, Hill Block Cabernet Sauvignon and Assemblage Shiraz Mourvedre Grenache. It also makes a Luccio Pinot Grigio and Damside Chardonnay. Pike’s is a very popular producer in the Clare Valley although it has only a small presence on the secondary market. It is making quintessential Rieslings which deserve mention. Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's
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