What do you do when you retire from the family business after 40 years of crafting fine wines – particularly riesling.
If you are Neil Pike you start your own wine label, and relax by spending some time in the kitchen.
Pike retired from the family Clare Valley winery last year but has now started his own label: Limefinger, with a 2020 riesling grown just a couple of minutes from Watervale Township.
The Limefinger 2020 The Learnings Riesling was made in tiny quantities – just 3,000 bottles – and retails for $37.50.
“After 40+ vintages working in the Clare Valley/Watervale one learns a few things along the way,” Pike says. “It has been a privilege to be able to apply those learnings to such a gorgeous parcel of fruit.”
Pike has also been cooking up a storm, including crafting some Limefinger lemon/lime oil pickle that he recommends using when cooking chicken. Paired with riesling, of course.
Author: Winsor Dobbin, www.gourmetontheroad.com.