The Assemblage SMG has been a successful blend for Pikes since 2001 and one of the unsung heroes of their range of red wines. Drink it now and over the next five years or so.
Cool aromas of red and blue fruits with a touch of white pepper and graphite as well as some eastern spice nuances. Rich, ripe and plump palate with a core of blueberry, chocolate and cherry flavours. Soft, savoury tannins and good acid add structure add length to the wine. Fine tannins and well balanced acidity add to the overall structure and length.
Pikes Wines is a beautiful location at Polish Hill River, near Sevenhill in the wonderful Clare Valley. With a history dating back to 1878, the Pike family has a past rooted in winemaking. Current custodians, Neil & Andrew form a formidable partnership creating wines that express terroir magnificently. Neil Pike grew up amongst his father, Edgar’s vineyards in Langhorne Creek and Padthaway . After doing a vintage in 1978 at Wynns Coonawarra he decided to study wine production and marketing at Roseworthy College. After he graduated in 1981, Neil worked as a winemaker making wine for several Clare Valley wineries before starting Pikes with brother Andrew in 1984. He has now completed 38 vintages in the Clare Valley. Andrew was introduced to the wine industry through his father Edgar’s vineyards in Langhorne Creek and Padthaway. Andrew attended Roseworthy Agricultural College, graduating in 1976 with a Diploma in Agriculture, and immediately joined Wynns Coonawarra Estate. After almost 4 years at Coonawarra, he joined Penfolds Wines in 1979 where he established a new vineyard project in the Clare Valley. The ‘seeds’ for Pikes Wines were immediately sown, as he quickly realised Clare’s potential. Andrew become General Manger Vineyard Operations for the Southcorp Wine Group where he was responsible for over 6000 ha of corporate vineyard and all grape supply on a global basis. During this time he was also involved in the establishment of Pikes Wines in the Polish Hill River Valley sub region of Clare. In 1998 Andrew resigned his position at Southcorp to assist his brother Neil in the running of the Pikes family business.
Approachable and all-round enjoyable red with red fruits, earthy notes and lighter tannins. Some gently meaty notes, too. A smooth, blue-fruited and glossy finish. Drink now.'