Pikes The Merle Riesling 2016

  • Clare Riesling doesnt get better then this
  • It’s juicy and flavoursome, yet stony and firm too; the best of both worlds
  • Sourced from a premium private cellar
  • Lot No: #2022021802
  • Ullage: 5
  • Home Cellar
  • Capsule: 5
  • Label: 5

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    Freight delivery charges per case are $11 for NSW, $12 for VIC, QLD and ACT, $15 for SA, $17 for TAS and WA, $18 for NT. This covers all insurance and handling costs. This case rate applies for the first 2 cases, and for each case thereafter the freight drops to $7 per case. We also offer special freight rates with special offers from time to time. For full information see our delivery information page.
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    If you are not 100% happy with your purchase, please contact us within 30 days of sale to arrange for a return of remaining stock. On return we can use the returned value to replace with a preferred product, or as store credit for future purchases. (Please note that initial pickup/return is free of charge, however if changes are made after return has been initiated, or if a second lodgement is required, costs of subsequent pick up(s) will be deducted from overall credit raised.)In the instances of fault, we can arrange replacement, refund or store credit.Freight & 3% AMEX/Diners merchant fees are non-refundable.
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    We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and vouchers. Existing customers need only quote their customer ID or call their Cellar Angel who will gladly handle the details. 
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    If you wish to cancel your order for any reason, please contact us immediately. Please note that if products purchased are in stock, your order may be shipped well within 24 hours. Orders cancelled prior to shipment are entitled to a full refund/credit. If a retrieval or stop shipment is required, refund/credit will be issued on return of stock. Freight is non-refundable. Amex/Diners fees are non-refundable

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  • James Halliday
    97 points
  • Gary Walsh
    96 points

Editors notes

pure acidity, superb line and length


Critic Scores & reviews

  • James Halliday

    "Mainly from the Thicket Block in the Polish Hill River planted '88, 100 magnums also produced. This wine always has an extra dimension to its fruit and structure. Bright pale straw-green; Neil Pike's comment that 'it is citrussy, lean, pure and slatey' is true, but doesn't address the exceptional drive and length the wine has It is a great riesling, lovely now, but with even more in store in the far distant future. Trophies Clare Valley Wine Show '16."
  • Gary Walsh

    "I’m not sure Clare Valley Riesling gets much better than this. It’s juicy and flavoursome, yet stony and firm too; the best of both worlds. Lime juice, lavender and aniseed perfume, pure acidity, superb line and length, with a lip-smacking quartz-like finish. It’s great now, and likely greater later."

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Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.

South Australia

If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the country's vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, The Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.

Clare Valley

Situated in the Mid North of South Australia, approximately 120 km north of Adelaide is one of Australia's oldest wine regions the Clare Valley. The area is broken up into three sub-regions, the Polish Hill River region to the east, the Central Clare Valley, and the Skillogalee Valley to the west.

Often associated with some of Australia's finest Riesling the cool climate and differing terroirs have paved the way for exciting and diverse wines over a plethora of varietals resulting in wines of pure expression and great length. Home to some of Australia's most iconic wineries - cult producers like Wendouree, to Australian icons such as Kilikanoon and boutique producers like Atlas, the Clare Valley is definitely an area to keep an eye on for exciting and ever-evolving wines.

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About the brand Pikes

Pikes is a family based winery founded in 1984 by Neil and Andrew Pike, and since 1986, have been producing wine, beer and aerated waters. The building is made of steel and stone and is located at Polish Hill River in Clare Valley.

Between 1984-2003, 75 ha of vineyard were planted. The soils have red brown earth over clay, with broken bluestone sub-soil. Whilst the winters are cool and wet and the summers are warm and dry, the growing season has low rainfall and low humidity which makes the vineyard a low risk for pest and disease. The whole vineyard is fitted with an in line drip irrigation system, but irrigation is only applied when necessary.

Pikes makes a wide range of wine styles to suit everyone and its white wines are very impressive. In 2013, the well-known Pikes 'Traditionale' Riesling was awarded the Best Australian Riesling at the Canberra International Riesling Challenge.

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