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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.
What it Tastes Like
"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)
97 points "Mainly from the Thicket Block in the Polish Hill River planted '88, 100 magnums also produced. This wine always has an extra dimension to its fruit and structure. Bright pale straw-green; Neil Pike's comment that 'it is citrussy, lean, pure and slatey' is true, but doesn't address the exceptional drive and length the wine has It is a great riesling, lovely now, but with even more in store in the far distant future. Trophies Clare Valley Wine Show '16." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion) Best Wine of Show & three other Trophies - 2016 Clare Valley Wine Show 96 points. "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)
Clare Valley 100% Single Vineyard Estate grown Polish Hill River fruit from our Gill’s Farm and Hill Blocks.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2030
About the Producer
Pikes are a much-loved family institution in the Clare Valley. Neil Pike and his family have built one of the region’s most iconic estates on the back of a reputation for exceptional quality. Riesling and Shiraz are their forté. Their wines age gracefully but also come in-built with amazing complexity and drinkability in their youth.
The Clare Valley knows what it does, and does it very, very well. Riesling and Shiraz are the rockstars of the region and with some of the most famous wines in the county coming from this small pocket of SA, the Clare’s reputation for quality only grows year on year.
Riesling is the king of white grapes. With unparalleled versatility, it rightfully carries the ‘Noble’ name tag. We make extraordinary Riesling in Australia, from far and wide. From the classic searing, razor-sharp styles in the Clare and Eden Valleys to the fragrant and enchanting wines of the Great Southern, Australian Riesling is a chameleon that can take on many forms. Sweet, steely, lean or textured, the world of Riesling is a thing of wonder that should be explored by all true lovers of wine.
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