This week’s SMH wine of the week is the Pikes Gill’s Farm Viogner, Clare Valley 2008. Huon Hooke writes:

‘Gill’s Farm is the old name of the Pike family’s vineyard property in the Polish Hill River sub-region. Neil Pike is the winemaker and brother Andrew tends the vines.

This is a delicious viogner, spice and apricot aromas mingling with nutty lees-derived perfumes and some old-barrel nuances that takes the wine into a more interesting realm than the standard apricot jam-smelling viogners. Neither does it suffer from the common affliction of an alcoholic afterburn: the 13.5 per cent listed in the label rings true, with a nicely soft, delicate, seamless palate that flows evenly from start to finish. High on drinkability. Best now to two or three years. 95/100.’

Food – Bollito misto, cantal cheese, crab omelette, chicken poached in stock with truffles.