Clare Valley stalwarts Pikes are best known for their rieslings – not surprisingly as they are based in the revered Polish Hill River district – as well as their traditional reds – shiraz and cabernet. Now add to their portfolio a bag of newer varieties, tempranillo among them, which makes up a 15% portion of this blend and with dramatic effect.
First things first: give this wine a good hour or two in a decanter or at least open the bottle to air. It really brings into play that tempranillo influence and adds an attractive white chocolate and raspberry note to the aromas. There’s a pepperiness too, more than anything a prettiness to the first impression that lingers throughout.
The wine is more medium-bodied than full, earthy with fine, sandy tannins that permeate the back end of the palate – evenly and supportive it must be said – to give this a lovely, savoury and spicy vibe. Pizza night just got a whole lot better!
You can buy the wine here.