Pike & Joyce represents the bringing together of two families forming a partnership in wine; the Pike family, long established in winemaking and viticulture and the Joyce family, long time, 5th generation, horticulturists. In 1997, they came together, developing a 25ha vineyard at Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills wine region of South Australia. Both families have been at the forefront of their respective fields for over 100 years.
The vineyard site, previously apple and pear orchards, is characterised by steep North and East facing slopes with gravelly clay and loam soils, ideally suited to the classic cool climate varieties. With a blank canvas to work from, they have planted Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
The vineyard, as you may expect, is hand pruned and handpicked. The fruit is chilled overnight in the Joyce cool rooms, and then transported to Pike’s Clare Valley winery for vinification. There, traditional old world techniques combined with modern Australian winemaking produce a style reflecting the variety and region. The result is a range of wines, acknowledged as some of the Adelaide Hills finest.
Pike & Joyce Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2010
The Pike & Joyce Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2010 is a single vineyard wine, with 100% fruit from the Lenswood vineyard. Medium to deep red with some developed brick red tinges at April 2014 tasting. Complex, primary fruit aromas of strawberries, black cherries and some leathery notes combine with lovely charry French oak and forest floor notes.
The palate is not unexpectedly rich with ripe strawberry and cherry fruit with quality charry French oak the main players. Fine tannins and well balanced acid add length and backbone to the soft, savoury palate .
A very good wine from an excellent year for South Australian Pinot Noir producers. Drinking well now and over the next 2-4 years. I just happened to enjoy with a Japanese Beef Teriyaki with the mirin, ginger and garlic complementing the savoury finish of the wine.