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.
"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, The Wine Front (October 2019)
"Dried flowers and dried herb aromas, with a hint of talcum powder. It's just slightly off-dry, but fruity and juicy and lovely. Lively, tense, with beautifully integrated acidity, bright and bracing. Firm, brittle, crunchy finish and aftertaste. This will repay some cellar time."
93 points, The Real Review (September 2019)
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.