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Wine Reviews

Wine Reviews

2016 'SIROCCO' CHARDONNAY

Gary Walsh - Winefront - Feb 2017

Adelaide Hills does what you might call 'silky Chardonnay' exceedingly well. White peach, green melon, lime, struck match, vanilla, cashew. Medium bodied, smooth and silky, with just the right amount of white peachy fruit, green olive savoury and spiced oak, fine acidity, light flinty texture and a cool lime-laced finish of super length - 94 points.

2015 THE KAY RESERVE CHARDONNAY

2017 Winewise Chamionship - Feb 2017

The aromas are slightly funky and nutty, supporting varietal white peach. The impressive palate is long and creamy. ($318.00 for 6 bottles) ★★★★☆

2015 'VUE DU NORD' PINOT NOIR

Tony Love's Top 100 Wines for 2016 - 4 1/2 stars

While a lot of trade will be done in the P&J bargin 'Rapide' pinot at $20, a smart, fresh and youthful style, step up to this all-Lenswood marque which has plenty of the variety's dinstinctive bush and forest herbal notes - thyme, rosemary, eucalypt - and a blacker fruit profile with more solid weight and structure, more intensity and greater palate drive. Lots going for it and worth a drive to the spectacular cellar door location.

 2015 'VUE DU NORD' PINOT NOIR

Gary Walsh - Winefront

I’ve often thought that Pike & Joyce sounds like a purveyor of condiments to Her Maj, or similar. Maybe a gentleman’s outfitter. Anyway, in 2015, they’ve done a royally good job. Cherries, sweet spices, freshly polished cedar, slight minty/foresty perfume. Medium bodied, bright but flavoursome, clean ‘minerally’ acidity, spiced cherries and strawberries, very fine graphite tannin and a clean long finish. Good now, though a few years won’t do it any harm. The quality of the 2015 vintage sparkles in this wine.

Rated : 93 Points
Tasted : Apr16
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $38
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2016 - 2021
 

2015 ADELAIDE HILLS 'SIROCCO' CHARDONNAY

Gary Walsh - Winefront

He had to go, the Sirocco, He’s sailin’ the high seas.

Struck match, white peach, grapefruit and spiced cashews. Medium bodied, smooth, savoury, and fleshy, yet pure of fruit with complexity and drinking pleasure all wrapped up neatly. Pear and spice in the aftertaste. Lovely stuff.

Rated : 94 Points
Tasted : Apr16
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $38
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2016 - 2022

 2015 ADELAIDE HILLS 'RAPIDE' PINOT NOIR

Gary Walsh - Winefront

If you had $20 in your pocket, and a hankering for a proper Pinot Noir, then you could do much worse than this. Light, fresh, pure, frisky, red fruited with a little spice, fine soft emery tannin, clean long finish. Delightful. Drink young. Need you know more?

Rated : 91 Points
Tasted : Apr16
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $20
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2016 - 2019+

Windsor Dobbin - April 2016

Is this the best-value young pinot noir in Australia? You'd be hard-pressed to find many that are better. From the Adelaide Hills, where cool-climate varieties like pinot flourish, this is a bright and vibrant young wine. It's a bit of a show off with some "look at me" tendencies but quality fruit that's been given a short stint in French oak has resulted in a wine where the youthful vigour is also charming. It's fresh and easy-to-drink with bright berry flavours and softish tannins. Don't bother cellaring this one. Drink now. Enjoy. 

2015 ADELAIDE HILLS 'BUERRE BOSC' PINOT GRIS

Paul Ippolito’s Five Minute Wine Rush

Classy luscious fruit, the creaminess and light tangyness of the meld of pears, orange blossom, spicy apple, musk and lychee works a cracker. Great aromatics, good structure to boot, together it works a treat on the aromas front and in the palate delivery of a lingering long delicious moreish set of classic varietal flavours. Stand alone drinking but pairs well with say Spanish cuisine, thinking a seafood paella. 13% alcohol, drinking very nicely now. About $25. All boxes ticked for me.

 2014 ADELAIDE HILLS 'DESCENTE' SAUVIGNON BLANC

Paul Ippolito’s Five Minute Wine Rush

"Adelaide Hills polished fruit really shining through here - pure Sauvignon Blanc fruit, cool climately so. A dash of savoury dimension amongst the zesty lively captivating fruit. Good citrus and tropical fruit dominates the nose, a good set of aromas carry thorough very nicely. I like the way that everything sits here - all good all well and in balance and sync with no overly sharp edges. indeed they have got the acidity in sync and balance right, giving an edgy backbone and yet letting the fruit do its work. Medium dry on the finish, delicious and very nice indeed with grilled barramundi".

2014 ADELAIDE HILLS 'SIROCCO' CHARDONNAY

James Halliday's WOW Factor whites

"Its cool climate elegance has been achieved without any attenuation of the luscious white peach, grapefruit and melon fruit, relaxing in its basket of fine, integarted French oak". 95 points.

2014 ADELAIDE HILLS BUERRE BOSC PINOT GRIS

James Halliday's Wine Companion

 "The name comes from the Buerre Bosc variety of pear planted on what is now Block 1 [removed fro the pinot gris]. A quiet bouquet gives way to a vivdly flavoured palatte, pear and citrus [lime] engaged in a battle for supremecy. I could enjoy drinking this wine. 13% alc".

 Wine Front

I only noticed later, after reading the fine print, that this wine has subtitles in French. Tres curieux and tres tres chic. Musk sticks, nectarine, pear, spice and that. Juicy flavour, well balanced and well delivered, almost smooth with a little almond in the mix, bright acidity, fresh faced yet flavoursome, with a spicy grapefruit tinged finish. Really good! 92 points. Drink 2015-17.

2013 PINOT NOIR

Adelaide Advertiser - Tony Love

"One of the two offers from this high country Hills label, this all Lenswood fruit is built with a deal more concentration that its entry point, wider sourced sibling, the Rapide ($22). The fruit is verging on blacker crimson cherry with fascinating darker spices in play, which offer a more profound complexity that can be appreciated courtesy of clever balancing and well toned tannins. Worth the extra, best with chargrilled flank steak".

Paul Ippolito’s Five Minute Wine Rush

"I like the juicy ripe fruit in this Adelaide Hills Single Vineyard Pinot. With some time in the bottle it has really developed some nice gamey and earthy features as well. Strawberries and cherries come through as the primary fruit characters as well. The oak is there good and well married with the fruit. It doesn't distract in any way, it integrates well and delivers a well roundedness and substance on the palate and the long finish. Fine grainy tannins accompany it all and augur well for a few more years of development yet - say 3-4 years at least. I like the youthful freshness it projects through the fruit with the complexity of character as I said starting to come through - an edginess to it all. About $35. Try this with bbq marinated pork."

2013 RAPIDE PINOT NOIR

James Halliday's Wine Companion

"A new wine for Pike & Joyce, from the steepest slopes on Blocks 2-5, early bottled and onto the market early. Bright and clear colour, with a perfumed bouquet and a vibrant red cherry and strwberry palate with a lively and frsh finish. Suceeds admirably in its aim 14% alc - 93 points."

2012 PINOT NOIR

Decanter Magazine

The Decanter Magazine tasting panel conducted an Australian Pinot Noir tasting. Of the 71 wines tasted the Pike & Joyce 2012 Pinot Noir was one of the 4 wines listed as 'Outstanding' [scoring 95 points].