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Pikes Luccio Clare Valley Pinot Grigio Blend

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The name Pikes might be synonymous with Riesling but this Clare Valley winery is more than just a one trick pony producing a Pinot Gris with pedigree. It’s modeled on the styles from Alsace showing ripe fruit and good textural weight. The nose is varietal with stone fruit, pear and underlying mineral elements before a tropical palate that’s fresh and vibrant and finishes clean. It’s a fine drop to pair with antipasto plates or something richer like fish pie.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Pale green, straw tints.

Nose: Gentle aromas of nectarine and red apples with a little nashi pear and flintiness in the background. Quite subtle, but very typical of the variety.

Palate: Subtle stone / tropical fruit flavours and bright mineral acidity make for a light, refreshing style that finishes clean and pleasantly dry.

Summary: Should go well with something like Asian style deep fried Barramundi and will also work well as an aperitif over the spring and summer months.

Alcohol: 12%

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Pikes Luccio Clare Valley Pinot Grigio Blend

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James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2013
89
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
88
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
A nicely delivered rendition of the pears and apples style of grigio that also carries a light musky, fragrant lift - it's a simple fruit-reliant and attractive white. The palate's crisp pear-drop flavours carry hints of yeasty savoury complexity; acid is crunchy and the balance is fine.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
89
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
90
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
With fresh pear and pink lady apple fruit and mixed spice over a backbone of zesty lemon fruit, it's great to see a Grigio under $20 with varietal definition, fresh poise and fruit persistence. Go long on this one because there are very few that tick all these boxes this year!
91
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Against all the odds, this blend works; the wine does not lose its grigio identity, mainly because of its drying lemony acidity on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
89
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A more cohesive blend than expected; early picking pays dividends, with seamless citrussy/lemony flavors; vibrant, fresh finish; 50/ 37/13
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
An unlikely blend which in fact works very well, with lively, juicy, tangy flavours and good length; 59%/38%/3%.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
90
Peter Forrestal (2005 Vintage) says
When it comes to picturesque, there are few place that beat the Clare Valley: in fact, I have a lithography on my office wall of a stunning scene of a purple road running through the valley of the Polish Hill River, just near Pikes. This white blend is pretty smart. It's pinot grigio (59%), sauvignon blanc (38%) and semillon (3%) with the dominant varietal character being very much pinot grigio. It is supple, round and full-flavoured with attractive viscous texture, a delightful juiciness, savoury, pear-skin flavours and a gentle, lingering finish.
Quaff 2007 2006

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