Pikes Shiraz 2002

89+ points

Clare Valley, South Australia.

This is a modern concentrated French oaked Clare shiraz, though I don’t want to make too much of the ‘style’ as the vineyard stamp still retains a link to classic Clare. OK it’s more sweet and syrupy than I’d expected, or like, it’s less savoury (less black olive Clare tannin) but also it thankfully doesn’t reek of tartaric acid like many wines of 10+ years. ago.

With another 4-8 years I believe it become more savoury and table friendly. In which case it will be a very very good drink.

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