88/100

2012 Pikes Damside Chardonnay

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Chris Shanahan
July 10 2013 WINE REVIEWS
  • Type - White
  • Variety - Chardonnay
  • Winery - Pikes
  • Region - Clare Valley
  • Price Range - $15 - $30
  • 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.

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