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Pike and Joyce - Rapide Pinot Noir 2016


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: Adelaide Hills
  • Wine Maker: Paulette & Brett Joyce
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 88 (2013) JR: 15.5 (2013) WS: 88 (2013) JH: 90 (2015) WF: 89 (2013)

Wine tasting notes

A new Pike & Joyce Pinot Noir from our Adelaide Hills site “Rapide” aims to deliver bright, fresh fruit and early drinkability. This wine should drink nicely now and over the next couple of years. On the nose very attractive bright red and dark fruits with little interference from oak and maybe a hint of damp earth . Although typically elegant, the palate has nice concentration of bright strawberry / cherry fruit displaying a sappy freshness, fine tannins and subtle oak that makes it very appealing.

Winery Information

Pike and Joyce

“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 5th generation horticulturalists that teamed up to establish this 25 hectare estate in 1998, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay have demonstrated they are ideally suited to the terroir here.”

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013)88 pts

Aug 2015 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Pale ruby with a hint of purple, the 2013 Rapide Pinot Noir offers intense minted red cherry aromas allied with pomegranate, red currant and forest floor hints. Medium-bodied, soft and supple in the mouth, it has nice freshness and length. (2013)15.5 pts

Tasted Oct 2013 - A 'short period' (whatever that means!) in French oak barrels. Pale ruby. Bright cherry nose and equally bright juicy cherry on the palate. Attractive tartiness and citrus tang - cranberries and clementines. A little short, but fresh and fun and energetic - a bit like tap dancing in the mouth. (TC)

Wine Spectator (2013)88 pts

Web Only 2016 - A supple, creamy expression of wild strawberry and spice notes, with fresh earth and black tea accents firming up on the finish. Drink now through 2026. –MW

James Halliday (2015)90 pts

Tangy, spicy and chewy with macerated cherry fruit flavour. Lightweight but not without impact. Drinks well.

Wine Front (2013)89 pts

Juicy raspberry and strawberry, mint and spice. Light to medium bodied, red berry fruit flavours – slightly confected, though no really sweet, as such – light rasp of tannin and a clean finish of modest length with tang and dried herb in the aftertaste. Does the job pretty well.

Vinification Notes

Grapes are hand harvested, chilled and transported to Pikes Vintners winery in the Clare Valley. Most fruit is lightly crushed and destemmed prior to pressing or fermentation. Some whole bunch pressing carried out on Chardonnay with most Pinot Noir being destemmed only. Minimal amounts of SO2 added in the vineyard to protect against oxidation in delicate aromatic white varieties. SO2 added to Pinot Noir prior to maceration/fermentation. Pectic enzymes added to white varieties ex press, juice/must acid adjusted where necessary. Inert gases, carbon dioxide and nitrogen are used extensively to protect all our wines from oxidation. Pinot Noir is matured in oak for 12 months prior to bottling and Chardonnay can have 10 months or so in barrel. We use only Burgundy sourced premium quality French oak barrels. We top our barrels once a month during most of the year. Chardonnay is racked only once (off lees) prior to bottling, while the Pinot Noir may have up two rackings prior to bottling.