Pikes The Merle Riesling 2023


This is always one of the very best Clare Valley Rieslings, year in and year out. It never fails. And while $60 may look a bit hefty for what we have come to expect to pay for good Clare Riesling, think of it as $60 for a brilliant world class wine. Then suddenly, you have one of the best bargains around. From the team’s Polish River Hill vineyard, this is a gleaming pale lemon hue. Free run juice, fermentation in stainless steel and then four months on lees. This is taut, pristine, intense and with great length. Such immaculate balance with florals and limes to the fore. Very much in its youthful stage at the moment, it will age and improve for the next fifteen to twenty years and if well cellared, during which time the score could rise further. A truly stunning Riesling. No one has ever regretted putting a case or two of Pike’s Merle in their cellar.