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Pikes Traditionale Riesling

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Pikes continue to produce one of the country’s most popular Rieslings and since 1984 brothers Andrew and Neil Pike have been the driving force. This is their most popular wine with the distinctive fish emblazoned on the label. It’s fragrant with florals, stone fruits, citrus and slate before delivering a zingy, fresh style with lemon and grapefruit flavours all held together by balanced acids. This wine cries out to be matched with oysters unadorned with just a little lemon and pepper.

Winemaker's Notes

This is a terrific “Traditionale” Riesling from what has been an excellent vintage in Clare. As always it will make a lovely drink as a fresh, young white wine, but will easily improve for 10+ years in the bottle for those who like bottle aged Riesling. Still the world’s best Oyster wine.

Appearance: Brilliant pale green colour.

Nose: Fresh and bright displaying layers of lemon/lime zest, floral notes and subtle nuances of mineral and wet slate.

Palate: Crisp, fresh and dry and is loaded with all the lemon/lime/slate mentioned above. These are all seamlessly wound around a spine of bright, mineral acidity providing length and drive.

Awards and Accolades

Trophy 'Best Australian Riesling' - 2013 Canberra International Riesling Challenge
Top Gold & 96/100 - 2013 Canberra International Riesling Challenge

'Opened in a bracket of five 2013 Clare Valley Rieslings, and tasted pretty quickly, on the basis that first impressions are usually the most important ... Slight bottle stink then jasmine, lemon and lime with a juicy burst of citrus flavour set in a firm and lightly chalky/slatey palate. Doesn’t lose its way at any stage on its journey to the back of the palate – lemon tang and spice to farewell. Crunchy, tasty and authoritative all at once. A winner.'
94/100, Gary Walsh, The Winefront

expert reviews about

Pikes Traditionale Riesling

Expert Reviews

Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
Pikes Traditionale has seemingly evolved to a more generous and ripe fruit style of stone fruits and golden delicious apples in recent seasons. 2012 presents this personality with particular confidence, maintaining a refined lemon juice backbone and showcasing the slatey, mineral texture that characterises Polish Hill River.
2012 - 2014 or 2017 - 2027
Wine Taste Special Edition 86 - Clare Riesling
Nick Stock (2012 Vintage) says
Lovely focus here, bright citrus and lemon lime fruits too; this has a lemon sherbet note, terrific concentration, a real star of the vintage. The palate has completeness and terrific, well-formed, ripe acidity - really dense, deep, long and fleshy; stone fruits and lime power through the finish. Enough flesh to drink now and will age reliably for a decade or more.
Good Wine Guide
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
The Õ12 vintage had one overarching feature, high-quality Riesling, in its traditional strongholds of the Clare and Eden Valleys, yet its expression varied considerably from one maker to the next. Here lime juice flavours leap out of the glass, coating the mouth, yet supported by fine acidity.
To 2027
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
Finely Fruited, focused and balanced, this traditionally dry style of Australian riesling has a deeply floral rose garden bouquet with fresh, highly accentuated scents of lime and lemon, apple and pear. Underpinned by a fine dustiness, its long and piercingly intense palate of racy lime juice, lemon and pear-like fruit has almost a fluffy mouthfeel, culminating in a fresh, nervy acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
A riper and early-drinking style of rich lemon and lime fruit with rounded notes of apricot and peach is supported by a well-structured backbone of chalky minerality.
Wine100, November Issue
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
An elegant. leaner riesling whose fresh lime juice and Fuji apple-like perfume reveals undertones of chalk and a hint of confection. It's long, supple and tightly focused, with a fresh, crunchy presence of bright, limey fruit backed by a fine chalkiness and finishes with a racy cut of acid.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green; has a floral bouquet full of lime blossom aromas, then a generously flavoured yet finely structured palate, citrus and mineral/slate neatly counterpoised.
Australian Wine Companion 2012
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Pale straw-green; a gently flowery bouquet then a very precise, pure and penetrating palate, lime, lemon and slatey mineral notes driving through to the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Good balanced Clare riesling, with a bright, fine acidity and length.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Classy riesling; good intensity without heaviness to the lime and tropical fruit flavors; good balance and length
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A clean, floral bouquet; supple, smooth and flavoursome citrus and lime fruit; gentle acidity on a long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Very restrained in typical Polish Hill River style; a bone-dry finish, and certain to repay cellaring.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Floral lime blossom and spice aromas; a delicate and elegant palate, but has good length and balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A tangy and refreshing riesling whose lime juice and lemon fragrance is backed by hints of minerals and baby powder. Lightly phenolic, it's lean, taut and mineral, with a shapely palate of chalky, citrusy fruit finishing with fresh, bony acids and an austere hint of slate.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A pristine, long and stylish riesling, whose musky, floral perfume of fresh pear and apple aromas precede a long, shapely palate bursting with pure riesling flavours. It finishes long and refreshing, with clean citrusy acids.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004

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