Over the course of three and a half decades, Pikes Wines have become one of Clare Valley’s most recognisableproducers. They make a wide range of wines and are widely distributed across major retailers, though their best knownwine is surely the one I’m reviewing today: Pikes Traditionale Riesling.
Interestingly, the Pike family’s roots lie in beer and soft-drinks, not wine. The family patriarch, Henry Pike, established a brewery in South Australia in the 1880s. Later on it moved into soft drinks and cordials before the family shifted its focus to winemaking in the 1980s.
This Traditionale is the product of a particularly hot and dry year in Clare but over on their website, Neil and Andrew Pike say they got through it relatively unscathed by irrigating earlier in the season. Other winemakers weren’t so lucky apparently, though I’ve had plenty of good 2018 Clare Rieslings. Anyway, to today’s wine:
The Review: Pikes traditionale Riesling 2018
Citrus and kaffir lime leaves on the nose. It’s tart and refreshing on the palate with a little sweetness slipping through on the end. There is a tinge of green apple flavouron the finish, as well as a little bitterness. It’s very much on the dry side, but if you are a fan of Clare Valley Riesling that probably won’t be a big problem. Still, you can feel the effects of the hot vintage her it’s not quite up there with some of the better Pikes Rieslings I’ve tried. It’s by no means bad either, though at about $22 there are better value options out there.