Pikes 'The Assemblage' 2020

Pikes 'The Assemblage' 2020

Pikes 'The Assemblage' 2020

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Winemaking and Drinking

Pikes Wines, nestled in the Clare Valley of South Australia, has been crafting exceptional wines since 1984. One of their notable creations is 'The Assemblage' 2020, a wine that embodies the meticulous craftsmanship and unique terroir of the region. This blend, composed of traditional Bordeaux varieties, stands out not only for its quality but also for its deep connection to the land and meticulous winemaking processes.

Origins

'The Assemblage' 2020 originates from the picturesque vineyards of Pikes Wines in the Clare Valley. The region is renowned for its ideal grape-growing conditions, characterized by a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. The rich red soils over limestone and shale provide excellent drainage and contribute to the unique mineral character of the wines produced here.

The vineyard's history dates back to 1886 when Henry Pike first planted vines in the region. Over the decades, the Pike family has maintained a commitment to sustainable farming practices and quality winemaking, which is evident in every bottle of 'The Assemblage'. The 2020 vintage benefits from the vineyard's mature vines, which produce grapes with concentrated flavors and complexity.

Vineyard Practices

Sustainability is at the heart of Pikes' vineyard management. They employ organic and biodynamic practices to maintain soil health and biodiversity. Cover cropping, minimal intervention, and the use of natural composts ensure that the vines are nurtured in harmony with the environment. These practices are crucial in producing high-quality grapes that are expressive of the Clare Valley terroir.

Winemaking 

The winemaking process for 'The Assemblage' 2020 involves handpicking the grapes at optimal ripeness to preserve their natural flavors and acidity. The blend typically includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, though the exact proportions can vary depending on the vintage conditions. Each variety is fermented separately in small batches to maintain their distinct characteristics.

Post-fermentation, the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation and is aged in French oak barrels for 12 to 18 months. This aging process imparts subtle oak influences and allows the wine to develop complexity and depth. The final blend is carefully assembled to achieve a harmonious balance of fruit, tannin, and acidity.

Tasting Notes

'The Assemblage' 2020 is a testament to Pikes' expertise in blending. In the glass, the wine displays a deep garnet hue, indicative of its richness and intensity. On the nose, it offers a bouquet of dark fruits, such as blackcurrant, plum, and blackberry, interwoven with notes of cedar, tobacco, and a hint of vanilla from the oak aging.

The palate is full-bodied and well-structured, with ripe tannins providing a firm backbone. Layers of flavor unfold, revealing black cherry, cassis, and hints of dark chocolate, complemented by a touch of earthy minerality. The finish is long and satisfying, with a perfect balance of fruit and savory notes that linger, inviting another sip.

In Conclusion

Pikes 'The Assemblage' 2020 is a wine that captures the essence of the Clare Valley and the dedication of the Pike family to producing exceptional wines. Its origins in a historic vineyard, coupled with sustainable practices and meticulous winemaking, result in a wine that is both expressive and elegant. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment, 'The Assemblage' 2020 is a testament to the enduring legacy of Pikes Wines and the unique terroir of the Clare Valley.


Wine TypeRed wine
ProducerPikes
StateSouth Australia
RegionClare Valley
VarietyGrenache Shiraz Mouvedre
Year2020
Volume750 mL
Alcohol14%