Pikes are a bi of a dab hand at the “alternative” varieties, collecting the Trophy for Best Other White Variety at the recent Royal Adelaide Wine Show. While Pinot Grigio is hardly an alternative variety as far as the vinous landscape is concerned, this is grown right in the heart of Riesling country Clare Valley.
Pikes, Luccio, Pinot Grigio, Clare Valley, 2021
Pale yellow, near water in hue. This is how you want your Pinot Grigio to be. There’s no Gris/Grigio identity crisis going on here. Green pear and apple skin, a little candle wax, cut melon and white rock stoniness. There’s a hint of regional Clare at play with sweet gum nut blossom. Tight and fine body, just a hint of texture and grip. Refined, dry finish with a clean set of heels. Ready to go now with a plate full of BBQed scallops.
Rating: 17.25/20 (90/100)
Wine sample courtesy of Pikes Wines