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    2020-2035

The Story

Traditionale makes a lovely drink as a youngster, but will definitely improve in the bottle for 6-10 years + for those who like Riesling with a little age. I am yet to discover a better Oyster wine than young, dry Clare Valley Riesling. 

Aroma:A very attractive aroma dominated by lemon/lime/citrus nuances and maybe some yellow peach. Flecks of bath powder and wet slate are also in the mix.   

Palate:Fresh, crisp and dry; the palate is brimming with the lemon/lime/slate characters mentioned above, all nicely balanced by bright acidity that provides much of the drive to the finish.  

 

 

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First under screwcap. I would defy anyone who genuinely enjoys wine not to be blown away with this absolutely cracking wine. Pikes may not always have the same cache with cult drinkers as a winery like Grosset's (and this in no way is to suggest that Jeff doesn't make stunning wines or that he fully deserves his almost Gandhi-like reputation), but that is the fault of drinkers (and possibly reviewers). Perhaps, as Pikey's production is reasonably large (around 18,000 cases for the wine that has become the Traditionale and 500 to 1,000 for the Merle, the “Reserve” riesling) or perhaps because the prices are hardly stratospheric (about $22, before the discounters butcher it, for the Trad and $38 for the Merle), it has never achieved the same revered status. Get over it. Pike's Riesling deserves to sit with the Clare's best, year in and year out. And if you doubt me, get some of this (and no, you can't have mine – and that includes you, Swig, though perhaps if you find a really sensational cigar, we could talk about sharing one). Fully deserves its reputation as one of the top, if not the very best of all, vintages from this decade. The wines were so delicate and pristine in their youth. It was the coldest summer on record. Also dry. There is a feeling that, with global warming, we may never see another vintage like this one. Worth mentioning that this vintage saw no adjustment at all re acidity. Usually around a gram/litre is added and that can go as high as 2 gms/ltr but in this perfect vintage, not a thing. And the wine? All class. Complex and brilliant. There is honey and toast. A beautifully evocative nose. Good acidity. Still fresh and clean. Good acidity. Perfectly balanced. One for the ages. A beautiful wine that goes forever. I would venture to say that I think this might be the very best riesling made in the Clare Valley in the last decade. And that is a very big call, but if you can try a bottle of it, I’d love to hear what you think is better. 98
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Adelaide Hills, South Australia

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 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  ‘Traditionale’ Riesling 2002  ( Pikes )

"First under screwcap.
I would defy anyone who genuinely enjoys wine not to be blown away with this absolutely cracking wine. Pikes may not always have the same cache with cult drinkers as a winery like Grosset's (and this in no way is to suggest that Jeff doesn't make stunning wines or that he fully deserves his almost Gandhi-like reputation), but that is the fault of drinkers (and possibly reviewers). Perhaps, as Pikey's production is reasonably large (around 18,000 cases for the wine that has become the Traditionale and 500 to 1,000 for the Merle, the “Reserve” riesling) or perhaps because the prices are hardly stratospheric (about $22, before the discounters butcher it, for the Trad and $38 for the Merle), it has never achieved the same revered status. Get over it. Pike's Riesling deserves to sit with the Clare's best, year in and year out. And if you doubt me, get some of this (and no, you can't have mine – and that includes you, Swig, though perhaps if you find a really sensational cigar, we could talk about sharing one).
Fully deserves its reputation as one of the top, if not the very best of all, vintages from this decade. The wines were so delicate and pristine in their youth. It was the coldest summer on record. Also dry. There is a feeling that, with global warming, we may never see another vintage like this one.
Worth mentioning that this vintage saw no adjustment at all re acidity. Usually around a gram/litre is added and that can go as high as 2 gms/ltr but in this perfect vintage, not a thing.
And the wine? All class. Complex and brilliant. There is honey and toast. A beautifully evocative nose. Good acidity. Still fresh and clean. Good acidity. Perfectly balanced. One for the ages. A beautiful wine that goes forever.
I would venture to say that I think this might be the very best riesling made in the Clare Valley in the last decade. And that is a very big call, but if you can try a bottle of it, I’d love to hear what you think is better.
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