Riesling Clare Valley South Australia
Henry Pike settled in the Adelaide Hills circa 1886, founding a brewery which made the finest beer and tonic ales in the colony. Every bottle was labelled with the English pike, a tradition which endures into the 21st century. Henry's great grandson, Edgar Walter Pike, was an established Clare Valley grower and vineyard manager who worked for a large proprietary wine company. His sons followed father's footsteps, today Andrew is one of the leading viticulturalists in Valley Clare and Neil is one of the region's most eminent winemakers.
Pikes extraordinary Riesling vines are planted to soils in the Polish Hill River area of the Clare Valley, generally regarded as one of the safest viticultural districts in Australia, in terms of pest and vine disease. The climate is considerably cooler and the soils are also quite unique to the rest of the region. The grapes positively flourish here in the red brown earth, clay and stoney soils. Fruit is harvested and pressed, inoculated by a pure yeast culture, then treated to vinification in controlled fermenters at a closely managed 12°C to 15°C for nigh on a month, retaining the lavish qualities of the inimitable Polish Hill. Pike Riesling is widely recognized for drinking beautifully from day one. Alcohol 11.5%
Brilliant pale green colour. Spotlessly clean and quite expressive bouquet, displaying citrus florals, apple and subtle notes of stone fruits and slate. Crisp, fresh and dry, loaded with waxy lemon and grapefruit flavours wrapped around a core of well balanced mineral acidity, adding length and focus to the finish.