2016 Pikes The Merle Riesling

Region:Clare Valley (Polish Hill River) , SA

Style:Medium Bodied


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Benchmark Clare Valley Riesling from 2016. One of the finest examples of Merle to date.

RRP $45.00


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The Pikes Merle is one of the finest Rieslings in the country. This wine is made exclusively from fruit grown on the Pikes estate. It is renowned as a flagbearer for the Clare Valley style. It's intensity and exceptional power are the Merle's defining features. One of the small handful of truly iconic Australian Rieslings, this release from 2016 took a clean sweep of the Clare Valley Wine Show winning four trophies including Best Wine of Show. In his 96 point review of this release, Gary Walsh said, "I’m not sure Clare Valley Riesling gets much better than this." The 2016 is an exceptional vintage for this wine, one that can be equally enjoyed now or in a decade's time.

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"I’m not sure Clare Valley Riesling gets much better than this. It’s juicy and flavoursome, yet stony and firm too; the best of both worlds. Lime juice, lavender and aniseed perfume, pure acidity, superb line and length, with a lip-smacking quartz-like finish. It’s great now, and likely greater later." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)


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