Pikes Riesling Traditionale, 2016

Pikes Riesling Traditionale, 2016


Classic Clare Valley Riesling: a fresh, crisp and dry style.

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Vintage - 2016

Country - Australia

Region - Clare Valley

Grape Varieties - Riesling 100%

Alcohol by volume - 11.5%

Bottle - 75cl

“Thankfully this year we haven’t experienced any extended periods of heat since mid-December with January and February actually being quite mild. A quick glance at the local weather data will tell you that both the maximum and minimum temperatures during January and February for Clare have been below average – a very good thing. We also received 30mm of much needed rain on January 29, which did a lot more good than harm. Some vineyards in the region were looking decidedly tired after the prolonged dry conditions of the 2015 spring and early summer. It came at exactly the right time to give the vines a much-needed drink and freshen up.

That 30mm of rain followed by the cooler temperatures has quite possibly turned a potentially quite ordinary vintage into something potentially quite special. Heading into mid-February and early-March the rain disappeared, the cool nights and crisp mornings kicked in, slowing things down in the vineyard and sending a message to us that the cooler autumn months are just around the corner.

These are conditions that are pretty much ideal for achieving concentrated flavours and the sugar levels we require. Good weather for grapes.”

-Neil Pike, winemaker

A brilliant, pale green with pristine aromas of lime, lemon and grapefruit dominating initially, followed by gentle floral notes and a suggestion of wet slate - very typical and very attractive. The palate is fresh, crisp and dry, full of the aforementioned citrus flavours with balancing acidity that drives to the finish. Finishes clean and dry with a hint of textural grip.