Pikes are synonymous with Riesling, but then they put out a drinking red like this and you remember they can do top value in the other spectrum too.
Dusty plums, blueberries, soft sliced black olives, a little heady rubber/leather. The darker Clare Shiraz fruit balances well with the herby fennel seed of the Tempranillo, trails off with a bit of meat juice/blood/iron.
Medium bodied, silky mouthfeel gives way to silty tannins. Lovely cool dark blue/red fruit, a hint of regional mint. Forget any overt oak like a Reserva Rioja-clone attempt, this sings with juicy acid and the grip on the gums wants to hug some food.
Wine sample courtesy of Pikes Wines