Pikes, ‘Hills & Valleys’ Riesling, Clare Valley, South Australia, 2020

Brilliant pale green with a fresh, vibrant nose displaying aromas of lemon, white peach and some subtle honeysuckle notes. Fresh, crisp and lively, the palate is chockfull of lemon/lime flavours complemented by zesty acidity that provides both length and structure to the soft, long finish.

Grape Variety: Riesling

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Pikes, ‘Hills & Valleys’ Riesling, Clare Valley, South Australia, 2020

Tasting Note

Brilliant pale green with a fresh, vibrant nose displaying aromas of lemon, white peach and some subtle honeysuckle notes. Fresh, crisp and lively, the palate is chockfull of lemon/lime flavours complemented by zesty acidity that provides both length and structure to the soft, long finish.

Producer Info

Henry Pike arrived from Dorset 130 years ago and established a brewery in the Adelaide Hills. Although this was sold in the 1970’s the family involvement with drinks did not end there, with Henry’s great-great grandsons, Neil and Andrew Pike, founding Pikes Wines in 1984 in the Polish Hill district of Clare. There are now 75 hectares of vines and a wide range of both reds and whites are made.

Regional Info

Clare Valley is the northernmost wine region within the Mount Lofty Ranges zone of South Australia, located 80 miles (130km) north of the state capital, Adelaide. Riesling reigns supreme here. The drier styles are recognized as some of the best in the world. In fact, the very best examples are considered to provide benchmarks of quality. The wines are particularly famous for their depth of classic Riesling flavours – of exotic citrus, lime and orange blossoms, crunchy apples with a healthy dose of minerals, and crisp natural acidity. The top wines can also be cellared for 20 or more years.

The region’s vineyard sites, in the northern Mount Lofty Ranges, are at variable altitudes and are located on slopes, windswept plateaux and valley floors, creating a diversity of grape-growing conditions. Most vineyards are situated at elevations of between 400 and 500 meters (1310 to 1640ft), higher than those in the Barossa Valley. Each individual location, depending on its soil quality and exposure to sunlight, produces distinct types and qualities of wine. Watervale is one such mesoclimate, which gets cooler winds from the Gulf St Vincent while most of the region is influenced by warmer westerlies from the Spencer Gulf.

Overall, the Clare Valley climate is moderate-continental, with long, warm summer days followed by cool nights – helping to extend the hang time as well as retaining crisp acidity and structure, the hallmark of premium-quality wines from the region. The local soil is also varied, with a mix of fertile alluvial elements, weathered rocks and limestone, each imparting its own characters to the wines.

Winemakers Note

Cool fermented in stainless steel using selected yeasts. Aged on the fine lees in tank. Sterile filtered.

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