See Decanter experts' rating, tasting notes and drinking window for Pike & Joyce, Lenswood, Adelaide Hills 2012. This cool climate Australian Pinot Noir greatly impressed our tasting panel...
Pike & Joyce Lenswood 2012 from Adelaide Hills
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Established in the ultra-cool, high-elevation village of Lenswood, the Pike & Joyce project is a joint venture between two families of differing origins and experience. The Pike family has a pedigree of high-quality wine production in the Clare Valley and the Joyce family are fifth generation horticulturalists that joined together by marriage and teamed up to establish this 25-hectare estate in 1998. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay have demonstrated they are ideally suited to the terroir here, boosted to a new pinnacle by the outstanding 2012 vintage .
Roger Jones Sweet and delicate palate with great balance between controlled fruit and silky smooth oak. Hints of Asian spices; this would be great with Peking duck as you get lovely Chinese plum jam nuances from this. Complete.
Justin Knock Showstopping whole-bunch aromatics. Autumnal wood smoke, Lapsang Souchong tea, lavender and beautiful yet indefinable red fruits. Really sublime, classy and complex; almost otherworldly.
Anthony Rose Fine strawberry aromatic quality with lovely spicy oak. There is a seductively juicy mulberry fruit richness, incisive acidity and firm tannins with a firm dry, savoury feel to the finish.
Star buys tasters: Peter Richards MW, Sarah Jane Evans MW, Xavier Rousset MS
Price: £18 Fine & Rare, Seckford Agencies, Slurp