Los Companeros, or "The Companions," is all about the relationship between the two varietals of which it composed. Los Companeros is a blend of 80% Shiraz with 20% Tempranillo sourced from the seventy-five hectares of vineyard planted across the Polish Hill River Estate. The rich softness of the Shiraz component is complimented perfectly by the somewhat rustic tannins of the Tempranillo.
Attractive spicy, blueberry fruit with some choc/mint undertones as well as a little earthiness that adds some interest and complexity. The oak is very much in the background and does not play a major role here. The palate is rich, ripe and approachable, the blueberry and chocolate flavours are nicely tempered by some savoury tannins and well balanced acidity.
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.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Fragrant red and purple fruits on the bouquet and juicy, fresh palate. The '17 vintage aids the elegance of a most enjoyable wine. It will live, but an even better approach would be early consumption. Great value.