Pikes The Dogwalk Cabernet Merlot
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
expert reviews about
Pikes The Dogwalk Cabernet Merlot
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.NowGood Wine Guide
To 2025Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
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.NowThe Good Wine Guide
To 2016Australian Wine Companion 2013
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.2011-2014The Australian Wine Annual 2013
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
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
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
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
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
The olive and spice of the merlot is woven through stronger, riper cabernet fruit with notes of redcurrant; fine tannins and balanced oakAustralian Wine Companion 2009 2008
An attractive medium bodied wine, all the components in balance; blackcurrant, cassis and fine tanninsAustralian Wine Companion 2009 2008
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
A medium-bodied, clean and fresh mix of blackcurrant and cassis; oak and balance good.Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006