Owned by the Pike brothers: Andrew was for many years the senior viticulturist with Southcorp, Neil was a winemaker at Mitchell. Pikes now has its own winery, with Neil presiding. In most vintages its white wines, led by Riesling, are the most impressive. Planting of the vineyards has been an ongoing affair, with a panoply of varietals, new and traditional, reflected in the 2007 plantings of an additional 4.3ha of riesling (26ha in total), 3.5ha of shiraz and a first-up planting of 1.24ha of savagnin. The Merle is Pikes limited production, flagship Riesling. JAMES HALLIDAY, The Australian Wine Companion 2012