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Pike & Joyce Sauvignon Blanc 2002

Sauvignon Blanc from Clare Valley, Australia
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    Winemaker Notes

    Color: Brilliant pale green Aroma: Aromas of tropical fruits, snow peas, meadow hay and some mineral notes.

    Palate: Medium bodied, fresh tropical fruit evident with nice acidity and good persistence. Crisp, fresh and mouthfilling.

    Summary: Lovely wine reflecting a top year in the cool climate of Lenswood. Try this wine with oysters or steamed Asian style scallops. Best over next 2 years.

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    Pike & Joyce, Clare Valley, Australia
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    Pike & Joyce is a new and exciting joint venture between Neil and Andrew Pike and the Joyce family. A newly planted vineyard has been established outside the township of Lenswood. What is going into bottle from such young vines is extraordinary. Stunning, racy Sauvignon Blanc, is vying for attention from a very serious Pinot Gris (Neil loves the variety). The Chardonnay has all the delicacy and yet intensity that a cool climate can deliver, and the Pinot Noir's a stunner. In fact the '02 soon to be released, won a Trophy at the Royal Melbourne Show and was a serious contender for the famed Jimmy Watson Trophy.

    Clare Valley

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    The Clare Valley is actually a series of narrow north to south valleys, each with different soil types and slightly different weather patterns along their stretch. In the southern heartland between Watervale and Auburn, there is mainly a crumbled, red, clay loam soil called terra-rossa and cool breezes come in from Gulf St. Vincent. A few miles north in Polish Hill is soft, red loam over clay and is influenced by westerlies blowing in from the Spencer Gulf.

    The differences in soil, elevation, degree of slope and weather influences enable the region to produce some of Australia’s finest aromatic, spicy and lime-pithy Rieslings, as well as excellent Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec with ripe plummy fruit, good acid and big structure.

    Clare Valley is an isolated farming country with a continental climate known for its warm and sunny days, followed by cool nights—perfect for wine grapes’ development of sugar and phenolic ripeness in conjunction with notable acidity levels.

    Sauvignon Blanc

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    A crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character, Sauvignon Blanc is responsible for a vast array of wine styles. A couple of commonalities always exist, however—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. The variety is of French provenance, and is important in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. It also shines in New Zealand and California, while Chile and South Africa are excellent sources of high-quality, value-priced Sauvignon Blanc. High-quality Sauvignon Blanc is also produced in Washington State, Australia, and parts of northern Italy.

    In the Glass

    From its homeland in the Loire Valley, where citrus, flinty, and smoky flavors shine through in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume, to Marlborough, New Zealand, where it is pungent, racy, and “green” (think grass, leaves, gooseberries, and bell peppers) and tastes of grapefruit and passionfruit, Sauvignon Blanc has something to offer every wine drinker. In Bordeaux, it is typically blended with Sémillon and Muscadelle to produce a softer, richer style. In California, any of the aforementioned styles can be emulated.

    Perfect Pairings

    The freshness of Sauvignon Blanc’s flavor—from bell pepper and cut grass to passionfruit, gooseberry, and ripe kiwi lend it to a range of light, summery dishes including salad, seafood, and mild Asian dishes. Sauvignon Blanc settles in comfortably at the table with notoriously difficult foods like goat cheese and asparagus. When combined with Sémillon (and perhaps some oak), it can be paired with more complex seafood and chicken dishes.

    Sommelier Secret

    Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is the proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. That green bell pepper aroma that all three varieties share is no coincidence—it comes from a high concentration of pyrazines (an herbaceous aromatic compound) inherent to each member of the family.

    WLD2804026_2002 Item# 73828