Shiraz Clare Valley South Australia
The unique soils and favourable climes around precious sites on the eastern side of Valley Clare impart distinctive flavours and aromas, forming a wine of power, complexity and poise. Eastside was selected for service in British Airways First Class, reportedly going down quite nicely with beluga caviar and wagyu beef. An excellent example of how good Clare Shiraz can be, a wine of suppleness, intensity and structure, displaying a degree of opulence. There will be no problem enjoying Eastside as a baby, ideally alongside your favourite comfort food.
Henry Pike settled in the small town of Oakbank on the Adelaide Hills, establishing the family brewing business called H. Pike & Co in 1886. Pike's great grandson Edgar was well established in the wine industry as a private vigneron and as a vineyard manager for a large proprietary wine company. His sons, Andrew and Neil, have both followed in their father's footsteps. Eastside is inoculated to natural yeast cultures and treated to a temperature controlled vinification in fermenters, pumped over and membrane pressed, the pressings are added back into ferments. The finished wine is racked into a selection of predominantly 228L French oak barriques for up to eighteen months maturation.
Deep red, almost black in colour. Super ripe blueberry, plum and blackberry aromas with some dark chocolate and spicy notes. These are all complimented nicely by a swirl of charry French oak somewhere in the mix. Very attractive to savour, the palate is soft and powerful with flavours of blueberry, plum and charry oak overlaying a core of dark chocolate running through the mid palate. A little hit of fine, dry tannins on the finish adds length and structure to the plush fruit.