Wine: Pikes “Traditionale”
Region: Clare Valley
Hi there once again wine lovers. As the weather begins to warm up, I can start addressing a few more of this state’s awesome white wines. Tonight under the microscope I have a very important Riesling that encases what is so magnificent about the Clare Valley.
The Clare Valley is located about a good 2 hours north of Adelaide. However, the Clare Valley produces some of this country’s best Rieslings. Why? Well, the Clare Valley is well renowned for is Limestone soils. Watervale (South of Clare) produces some absolute stunning Rieslings, high in rich mineral flavour, which can command a high price. Grosset wines, produce among the best Rieslings here in Australia. I will have to do a review on one of their wines soon.
The Clare Valley, unlike the Barossa, McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills has the perfect location to sweep the board, right from the illustrious Shiraz, all the way down to likes of Pinot Grigio and Riesling. If you want more than just a finger in the wine pie, then this part of South Australia would be the place to start.
The wine tonight, the “Traditionale”, is sourced from 100% Clare Valley fruit. Riesling is never aged in oak. It is a crisp wine, and oak will round off all the citrus flavours and minerality to the wine. Remeber “Riesling prickles, chardonnay rolls.” Therefore, this wine has been fermented in a stainless steal vat for 25 days.
On the nose this wine represents citrus fruits. Lemon and lime, with a bold mineral tone. Quite like slate and talcum powder.
The palate displays more of that citrus fruit, and the taste of loquat. (Japanese Plum) Which has a taste similar to mango, and citrus fruit. But is usually a bit more sour, and generally acidic. The finish is quite mineral in taste, and bullies some of that acidic citrus fruit right to the end.
This wine, is not overly great as a stand alone drink, it needs something to numb down the bold mineral taste within. This is where my favourite seafood, the oyster comes in to play. Oysters and this wine would be an absolute match in heaven. The iodine quality of the oysters paired up with a citrus based and very mineral rich wine will cut down through those minerals and expose the citrus characters in the wine, all the while, numbing out the saltiness in the oyster and exposing its sweet flesh. (Yes oysters when matched with the right wine can be slightly sweet upon the palate)
This is not a wine persons wine. This is a food wine.
Drink: Now to 2023
The SA Wine Guy