Pikes Traditionale is a consistent and well-established 100% Clare Valley Riesling. It drinks well on release but also rewards those who enjoy Riesling with bottle age. It’s harvested in late February or early March and cool-fermented over approximately 25 days in stainless steel having been inoculated with pure yeast culture.
At time of writing, we also have very limited stocks of the Pikes flagship, the ‘Merle’ Reserve Riesling.
'Lime juice and barley sugar, a floral perfume with some kaffir lime leaf. It’s juicy, limey, feels just straying into the zone of subtle sweetness, but the acid crunch, lime rind in tonic, and subtle chalky texture keeps it neat and tasty. Approachable. Good fun too.'
93 points, Gary Walsh
‘Light straw colour. The aroma is earthy and savoury with some dried undergrowth and foresty nuances. The palate is fruity and juicy, with a trace of sweetness balanced by fresh citrusy acidity. Lime and lemon flavours abound. Good flavour, intensity and length, balance and charm. ’
93 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review
"Both estate and contract grown, the 33rd consecutive release from one of the great Clare Valley vintages, joining 02, 05, 09 and '12. Crisp acidity and the faintest hint of spritz lift the palate from the word go; the freshness of lime and lemon fruit is underwritten by minerally notes ex the acidity"
96 points, James Halliday
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.