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Pikes Polish Hill River Estate

Australia, South Australia

James Suckling writing about Pikes in 2018 says 'They’re good, consistent wines packed with soulful interest, offering great value.' We certainly agree and are delighted to still be working together after more than 20 years. Owned by the Pike brothers, one of whom (Andrew) was for many years the senior viticulturist with Southcorp, the other (Neil) a former winemaker at Mitchells. Pikes now has its own winery, with Neil Pike presiding.

Generously constructed and flavoured wines are the order of the day, but wines which also have a restraint and a drinkability far ahead of some of the 'maximum one glass' reds that seem to dominate Australian shows and exports.

Over at Pikes Wines, the winemaker Neil Pike has long had a fascination with Italian varieties and styles and has made a number of Italian-inspired reds, which take their cues from fusing Italian savoriness with relaxed Aussie country living in much the same way as Coriole does in McLaren Vale. They’re good, consistent wines packed with soulful interest, offering great value James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Aug 2018)