Neil Pike has been making Riesling from this vineyard for over 30 years. Planted in 1994, the vineyard surrounds his home. The joyous presence and focused tension of Polish Hill River is shining here in all its magnificent glory. The best new release Riesling I have tasted? Absolutely!
Neil says that the Clare Valley 2022 vintage is up there with the best he has seen including 2002 and 2012. Based on the pattern the next best will be 2032? Time will tell...
Tension is the word here. That focus, that furrowed brow of concentration exudes sophistication. Slatey, riverstone minerality and a cool steeliness add further strings to its bow. Green apples and Bickford's lime cordial follow hot on the tail of bath powder aromas. A delicious green apple crunch and precise acidity just sizzles. Wow! This is next level.
Drink now but it will age beyond a decade.
97/100Region: Clare Valley