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Pikes The Merle Reserve Riesling 2021

Clare Valley

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HK$268   each
Regular price
RRP HK$300 
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HK$249  in any 6+
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Palate Profile

Rated 99 Points by Ken Gargett for Wine Pilot

Named after family matriarch, ‘The Merle’ is selected from the best parcels of Riesling from the Polish Hill River Estate, this release is sourced from 3 blocks. 

The wine is a brilliant pale straw colour with green hues. The aroma is highly perfumed and delicate aromas of lemon blossom and kaffir lime leaf. Some talcy mineral notes add complexity.

The palate is refined yet powerful. Concentrated around a core of fresh kaffir lime, lemon drop lollies. Spear-like acidity and a slightly talcy texture are markers of the region and season. A very long finish. Stunning.

“2021 was a stunning vintage, relatively cool with perfect ripening conditions. Our healthy vines produced fruit of exceptional quality, allowing us to create perfectly balanced wines.” Steve Baraglia, Chief Winemaker.

Critic Awards

Terrific intensity here, incredible length and perfect structure. This wine offers more chalky soil notes, along with those beautiful fresh lime characters. This is a stunning Riesling. The flavours explode across the palate. It has a life of twenty years ahead of it and many more, if you can be that patient. If there is a better Riesling made in Australia this decade, I want to know about it.

An imperial standard, of sorts! Lemongrass, lime cordial, green apples. Huzzah! A touch of blackcurrant too? Perhaps. Attractive, varietal scents. Zingy and energetic to taste, compact, bracing with its core of steely, lemon juice acidity. Pent up, powerful, tight and very long. Bone dry. Excellent, classic expression. A Very Good Example.

Region and Grapes

Region: Clare Valley
Grape: Riesling
ABV: 11.5%

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