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    Pikes ‘The Merle’ Reserve Riesling 2015

    Pikes ‘The Merle’ Reserve Riesling 2015

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    $56.00
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    $56.00 per bottle
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    Museum release. Pristine aromas of kaffir lime and lemon initially, hints of bath powder / perfume kick in then with subtle slatey/stony notes bringing up the rear. Delicate, but powerful at the same time if that makes sense.
    Crisp, fresh and brimming with the citrus fruits mentioned above. Terrific balance between bright fruit, mouthwatering acidity and talc like texture. The line and length of this wine are to be admired. A terrific example of “The Merle”. It will appeal immediately to those who like crisp, young Rieslings, but for those who like the type of complexity that only bottle aged Riesling can provide, cellaring for 7 -12+ years from vintage is recommended, when the holder will be rewarded by complex layers of lemon butter and toast.

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    Specifications

    • Cellaring

      10+ Years
    • Varieties

      Riesling
    • Vintage

      2015
    • Alcohol Content

      12.5%
    • Closure

      Screwcap
    • Bottle Size

      750ml

    Critic Reviews (1)

    Gary Walsh

    95+ points | November 2015

    Did you know the grape Merlot is given its name from the French rendering of the name of the blackbird? The merle. Well there you go. It was pretty hard to reference such a noble grape in a review for a lesser one, but I did it! On the fly too.

    Cut fennel, lime, slight spice and and almost peachy freshness. Light, tight, still very young and uncomplicated, but the energy and vigour is on full display. Clean acidity, light chalkiness, long crunchy finish. Wonderful purity and purpose.

    Did you know the grape Merlot is given its name from the French rendering of the name of the blackbird? The merle. Well there you go. It was pretty hard to reference such a noble grape in a review for a lesser one, but I did it! On the fly too.

    Cut fennel, lime, slight spice and and almost peachy freshness. Light, tight, still very young and uncomplicated, but the energy and vigour is on full display. Clean acidity, light chalkiness, long crunchy finish. Wonderful purity and purpose.

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    Food Pairings & Recipe

    Food Pairing

    Crispy pork belly

    Crispy pork belly with Simon Johnson

    INCREDIENTS

    1 kg boneless pork belly
    Simon Johnson everyday extra virgin olive oil
    Falksalt natural sea salt flakes
    baby chervil, to serve

    Celeriac remoulade

    1 c Simon Johnson classic mayonnaise
    2 T Simon Johnson white balsamic
    2 T Simon Johnson dijon mustard
    1 head celeriac, peeled and shredded
    sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

    METHOD

    1. Preheat oven to 160 C.
    Using a sharp knife score the skin of the pork 1 cm apart.
    2. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt using your hands to rub the oil and salt all over the pork skin.
    3. Place skin side down onto a metal tray and cook for 1 hour. Increase heat to 180 C and cook for another 30-45 minutes or until golden and crisp.
    4. Set aside to rest. Place the mayonnaise, balsamic and dijon into a bowl and mix to combine. Add celeriac, season with salt and pepper and toss to coat.

    Set aside to rest. Place the mayonnaise, balsamic and dijon into a bowl and mix to combine. Add celeriac, season with salt and pepper and toss to coat.

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