Named after Pikes co-founder and patriarch Edgar Walter Pike. 100% estate grown, this Reserve Shiraz is comprised of 9 parcels from different blocks of the estate, with a small amount of whole bunch fermentation is used each vintage to coax the more aromatic and delicate characteristics. The cooler vintage of 2017 provided fruit of amazing quality and balance
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
This takes its '17 Eastside sibling and increases every metric without going OTT or out of balance. This is a special wine, with tannins that have complexity within a silky exterior, the fruit flavours poised between dark cherry and opulent plum.
Spicy and meaty, this heady, deeply flavoured shiraz unfolds layers of black and red berries, plums and fresh cedary oak. Medium to fullish in weight, it’s generous and sumptuous, extending with elegance and balance down a fine, powdery spine towards a refreshing, savoury finish. Emphatic in perfume and flavour; restrained in delivery and presence.