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2014 Pikes Eastside Shiraz

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Cracka Review

The Pikes family continue to honour the rich tradition of winemaking passed down by their forebears and here they turn their hands to the distinctive Clare Valley Shiraz. Blackberry, plum and dark chocolate aromas are prominent as well as a regional lick of licorice with a hint of charry oak. This is classic Clare Valley Shiraz with intense fruit, dark chocolate and silky tannins on the finish. It’s structured, silky and sublime and will age very well in the next decade.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Deep red
Aroma: Ripe plum and black cherry fruit with hints of mocha, graphite and some spicy notes as well. A nice little touch of charry French oak in the background mix.
Palate: Medium bodied with the ripe, dark fruits to the fore with balanced acidity and savoury tannins giving length and structure to the wine.

Summary: The Clare Valley does tend to live in the shadow of our southern colleagues in the Barossa and McLaren Vale a little when it comes to Shiraz , but we produce gorgeous medium bodied wines year after year. Delicious to drink now and the next 7 -10 years. Try this with a hearty beef & stout stew.

Alc/Vol: 14%

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2014 Pikes Eastside Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
A reliable shiraz that marries rich, ripe red plum and raspberry fruits with a musky floral side and upbeat vanillin oak. The palate offers tang, rich, ripe plum and red berry flavour and bright tannin crunch, and is made for up-front enjoyment.
Now
Good Wine Guide
92
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
Very good colour with a deep ruby rim. Plenty of wine in the glass here with ripe blackberry, plum and appealing garden herb, savoury edges, smelling solid and resolute. The fruit leaps into the mouth, soft tannins deep middle palate flavours and a medium long finish. Classic Clare small wine maker generosity.
2016
Rob Geddes MW
90
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
The workhorse shiraz for Pikes, this has a nice sense of generous flavours matched with smooth, balanced structure. The nose smells of red- and blue-berry compote - some really attractive, bright fragrance here, really fresh. The palate's soft tannins roll through effortlessly, delivering ripe-plum and blackberry flavours. Ready to drink.
Now
The Good Wine Guide
92
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright, clear crimson-purple; a remarkably elegant wine in the context of the Clare Valley, brimming with fresh red berry fruits, finely drawn tannins and fresh acidity, oak incidental to the main play, alcohol totally irrelevant.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Very ripe, but with a spicy, rather closed bouquet whose restrained aromas of black and red berries are knit with cedary oak and backed by earthy, meaty complexity. Smooth and supple, its pastille-like presence of blackberries: raspberries and redcurrants is tightly knit with sweet vanilla oak and supported by fine, gentle tannin. It finishes with a lingering depth of fruit, licorice and a hint of spirit.
2017-2021
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
89
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Very consistent producer of medium-bodied traditional Clare shiraz with bright fruit and freshness getting better every year. In 2009 juicy fresh blackberry with a lick of herb aromas greet the nose. The buoyant ripe red fruit is fresh long and morish in the mouth.
2014
Rob Geddes MW
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Deep crimson-purple; black fruit aromas with a savoury/spicy twist lead into a rich medium- to full-bodied palate with layers of blackberry and dark plum fruit supported by ripe tannins and mocha oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
94
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Deeply ripened, soft and earthy, with a chocolatey bouquet of cassis, blackberries and dark plums lifted by musky spices and a minty, menthol note. Underpinned by velvety tannin, it's long and briary, with a pleasing core of intense fruit with just a shade of overcooked influence that knits tightly with creamy vanilla oak.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
90
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Very consistent producer of medium-bodied traditional Clareshiraz with bright fruit and freshness getting better every year. In 2009 juicy fresh blackberry with a lick of herb aromas greet the nose. The buoyant ripe red fruit is fresh long and morish in the mouth.
Rob Geddes MW
89
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Deep purple; a voluminous bouquet of black fruits, spice and licorice; a medium- to full-bodied and rich palate, flooded with black fruit and spice flavours; great tannin and oak support.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
95
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Very consistent producer of ripe but not overripe traditional Clare shiraz with bright fruit and freshness, getting better every year.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
90
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A medium-bodied, unforced wine, with black and red cherry, blackberry fruit providing gentle mouth feel; subtle oak
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Very consistent producer of ripe but not overripe traditional Clare shiraz with bright fruit and freshness, getting better every year.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
88
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Not entirely convincing colour; a pleasant, medium-bodied palate with a mix of red and black fruits; fine tannins, gentle oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
90
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A smooth, soft and supple shiraz likely to reveal more mint and menthol character as it ages. Its heady fragrance of violets, cassis, raspberries and redcurrants has a spicy, peppery aspect of cloves and cinnamon. Backed by slightly toasty cedar/vanilla oak, It's a full to medium weight Australian burgundy style whose spicy ripe black and red berry flavours, pepper and spice overlie a powdery chassis of pliant tannins. It finishes long and savoury, with a fingering core of fruit.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
94
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
A complex wine, with some not unpleasant earthy/gamey overtones to plum, blackberry and spice; good oak, fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
90

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