2012 Pikes Damside Chardonnay

Chris Shanahan
Fwd: Shanahan wine review 10 July images
 Chris Shanahan
 July 10 2013 WINE REVIEWS
Fwd: Shanahan wine review 10 July images Chris Shanahan July 10 2013 WINE REVIEWS Photo: kirsten.lawson@fairfaxmedia.com.
Variety Chardonnay
WINERY Pikes
RRP 23

During the great chardonnay expansion of the 1980s Clare Valley,  vignerons – like their colleagues across Australia – planted large areas of chardonnay. Fairly quickly, though, they realised chardonnay ripens too early to develop flavour in this warm area. But in the higher, cooler Polish Hill subregion, the Pike family retains a patch of the variety and makes a cellar-door-only version. In the excellent 2012 vintage it is particularly ripe, rich and refreshingly acidic.