Pikes Luccio Sangiovese Red Blend
2011 Michel Torino Don David Malbec
- The Pikes Luccio is a pure example of the Sangiovese grape via the Clare Valley. Why is it called Luccio? Because that’s Italian for Pike and that would explain the fish on the label. The perfect wine to pair with your Pizza takeaway, Luccio shows a rich core of red and black fruit with some vivid earth and savoury characters before delivering a juicy and full palate that balances tannin and acid perfectly. 90
Medium density, bright red. Quite typical characters of dark cherry, cranberry and damp earth are all on display here. Also just a hint of dried wild flowers evident too. As always, the fine drying tannins and cleansing acidity are features of this quite juicy, cherry & cranberry flavoured palate. Sangiovese is always more savoury than sweet in its profile, the tannins and acid combining to give length and drive.
Sangiovese is one of the ideal companions for grilled veal, pork or lamb – any food with a bit of fat or oil. Also terrific with your favourite pizza. Cellaring for a few years is not a problem either - 3-5 years will not hurt it one bit.
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says:“
Has fresh, bright cherry fruit on the bouquet and palate, the tannins perfectly captured; PikesÕ experience with the variety, and mature vines, shines through.
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Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says:“
Luccio is another name for the pike fish but fits the Italian theme nicely here. This is a sangiovese that isn't trying too hard to compete with shiraz or other more popular Aussie red styles; it's just down-to-earth cherries and light spices, with some liquorice too. Tannins are served up fine and soft, leaving a medium-bodied impression.
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James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says:“
Delicate cherry and spice fruit aromas and flavors; clean, dry finishAustralian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says:“
A sangiovese (80%) that really sings, its display of cherry fruits beautifully backed by slightly savory tannins of the other blend components; a bargain which should be on every Italian restaurant wine list in AustraliaAustralian Wine Companion 2009 200894
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says:“
Light but bright red-purple; a supple and smooth light- to medium-bodied palate, with a mix of cherry, raspberry and redcurrant flavours.Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says:“Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says:“Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says:“
Medium red-purple; a tangy and lively bouquet of cherry and citrus is followed by a palate with interesting texture and mouthfeel, and slippery/rubbery tannins. A blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003