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2014 Pikes The Dogwalk Cabernet Merlot

Cracka Value Rating

Cracka Review

The Pikes' name is synonymous for great quality Clare whites but we are equally impressed with their reds including this tasty blend. The Dogwalk is named in honour of the winemaker’s Labrador who is walked, come rain or shine, around this particular block of vines. Showing the best of both varieties, this displays blackcurrant as well as cedary oak. Dark fruit and chocolate flood the palate before tannins and acid merge to complete the picture. A very elegant blend that could only possibly be improved by matching it with a leg of lamb.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Medium to deep red.

Aroma: Attractive aromas of blackcurrant and red cherry with some flecks of tobacco and crushed violets.

Palate: A medium bodied palate displaying good concentration of red and dark fruits, balanced acidity and fine tannins.

Summary: Makes a nice drink right now for such a young wine, but it will take 3-5 years of cellaring easily. Veal cutlets would be a lovely dish to serve this wine with.

Variety: 55% Cabernet, 45% Merlot

Alc/vol: 13.0%

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2014 Pikes The Dogwalk Cabernet Merlot

Expert Reviews

Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
The Clare Valley does cabernet well, and this has a stamp of regional gum leaf amid cassis and mulberry, some leafy notes too; really distinctly regional. The palate is supple, ripe and juicy, and tannins squeak away under supple plum and mulberry fruit flavours. Mid-weight, crunchy finish.
Good Wine Guide
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
As pleasant as walking the dog, this ripe, generous and easygoing cabernet merlot shows earth, plums, cassis, bracken and oak spice on the nose. The palate's supple and easy, with a swathe of juicy blueberry and cassis flavour; fine tannins roll through, some toasty oak chimes in, and the balance is impeccable. Top value.
The Good Wine Guide
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Perhaps showing some under and over-ripened influences, with a jammy, faintly herbal presence of sweet berries, cherries and plums. It's juicy and forward with moderately intense depth of fruit, but does thin out towards a slightly short and green-edged finish.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
While there are some marginally cooked and raisined aspects about this wine, it does deliver some fresh, if it slightly jammy ripe flavours of blackberries, cassis, redcurrants and plums. Underpinned by fine, supple tannins and suggestions of mint and dried herbs, it's given a measured impact from cedary oak.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
More than a hint of licorice here, with dark cassis fruit, some sweet earthy nuances, a fan of oak spice and some cedary lift. A little pepper on the palate, this has decent chewy rustic appeal, tannins are solid and cry out for a piece of protein. Chewy through the finish -plenty of wine for the money, an air of regional authenticity and claret-like charm.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A well-made wine, with good balance and structure; black fruits with hints of leather, earth and olive run through the long medium- to full-bodied palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Ripe, confiture-like aromas of berries and plums are backed by sweet cedar/vanilla oak and undertones of mint and dried herbs. It's smooth and elegant, with a bright, evenly ripened palate of fullish to medium weight whose juicy flavours of small berries and tight-knit oak are supported by fine, grainy tannins. It finishes with pleasing length and brightness.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
The olive and spice of the merlot is woven through stronger, riper cabernet fruit with notes of redcurrant; fine tannins and balanced oak
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
An attractive medium bodied wine, all the components in balance; blackcurrant, cassis and fine tannins
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; a rich, generous but not over the top array of blackcurrant and cassis fruit flavours; nice touch of oak, and ripe tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
A medium-bodied, clean and fresh mix of blackcurrant and cassis; oak and balance good.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006

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