Zena Crown ‘Vista’ Eola-Amity Hills (Oregon) Pinot Noir 2015

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This is a brand new release from Jackson Family Wines’ range of Zena Crown pinots, in fact in doesn’t even appear on their website as yet. A first for the US and a first for Singapore.

Listed in the US at US$75, it’s S$113 here, so pretty close to a straight US$/S$ equivalent.

I’ve got plenty in Singapore so you might want to stock your wine fridge whilst I sort out the challenges with the new Australian air regulations.

You might also like to try the other Zena Crown pinots, all in stock in Singapore:

2013 Conifer – 9 btls – S$113 – Wine Spectator 91
2014 Confer – 8 btls – S$103 – James Suckling 93
2015 Conifer – 15 btls – S$113 – Wine Spectator 94

2013 Slope – 9 btls – S$113 – Wine Spectator 93
2014 Slope – 13 btls – S$137 – Robert Parker 93+
2015 Slope – 14 btls – S$113 – Robert Parker 93+

2014 The Sum – 13 btls – S$103 – Robert Parker 92

Cheers!

David Boxall

2015 Vista PN

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Thick as Thieves ‘Another Bloody’ Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2013

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My goodness, I really do need to be more diligent in checking what’s in my temperature-controlled coolroom in Australia.

Here’s a chardonnay that I bought back in October 2014 (!), took 3 bottles from the case for myself, and then forgot to tell anyone else about it.

I’m rectifying that here now, but expect to see some more nicely aged wines coming on offer over the next few months.

Originally listed at S$57, the A$ is being kind to us in Singapore presently so it’s now S$54. There’s 6 bottles in Melbourne that can come up in early April if ordered, no minimum as usual. Please have a look at the attachment for Halliday’s comments.

I’ve also got a few bottles left of the 2012 vintage at S$49, also Halliday 95, and drink by 2020.

Cheers,

David Boxall

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Zena Crown ‘Slope’ Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2015

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This 2015 Zena Crown ‘Slope’ Pinot Noir arrived direct from Jackson Family Wines of the US on Friday. Perfect timing.

It’s rated 93+ by Robert Parker (reviewed by Erin Brooks).

At S$113 all up, including free delivery, it’s just a smidgeon above the S$ equivalent of the US$ home price.

I also got 9 bottles of a back vintage, the 2013. Here’s what I now have of Zena Crown ‘Slope’ Pinot Noir.

2013 – 9 bottles – S$ 113 – RRP US$75 – Wine Spectator 93 – drink to 2023
2014 – 13 bottles – S$137 – RRP US$100 – Robert Parker 93+ – drink to 2025
2015 – 15 bottles – S$113 – RRP US$75 – Robert Parker 93+ – drink to 2025

Cheers!

David Boxall

2015 Slope PN

Provenance ‘Regional Series’ Henty Pinot Noir 2015

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Henty is not exactly top-of-the-mind when it comes to naming wine regions in Victoria. It’s 300+ kms west of Melbourne in the far SW corner of Victoria. Hardly on a major wine tourist route then. Importantly though, the Henty Wine Region includes the town and surrounds of Portland on the coast, and it’s near Portland that the Henty brothers planted Victoria’s first vineyard.

Yes, I thought that might come as a surprise.

Another surprise might be that the vines came from Tasmania…Launceston to be precise.

These days, you might be familiar with Crawford River, Henty Estate, and Hentyfarm from the region.

Halliday gives the 2015 Regional Selection pinot 97 points with Ballarat and Geelong at 96. I have them all if you’d like to compare. The others are:

2015 Regional Series Ballarat – $62 – Halliday 96 – 2030
2015 Regional Series Geelong – $62 – Halliday 96 – 2035

All in Melbourne.

Cheers!

David Boxall

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Michael Hall ‘Flaxman’s Valley’ Eden Valley Syrah 2013

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Here’s another wine that’s been quietly gathering some age in my Australian coolroom. I originally purchased 4 cases from Michael Hall in February 2016 and promoted it by email shortly afterwards, selling about half. There’s still just short of 2 cases left so here it is again, and now nicely in its drinking window of 2017-2027 if you follow Campbell Mattinson, or nudging up to 2020 if you follow James Suckling.

A quick look on winesearcher.com shows an auction price of A$58 now rather than the release price of A$48.

There’s 2 bottles in Singapore that can be delivered now and another 17 bottles in Melbourne that can come up 3rd week of March if ordered. As usual, no minimum purhase and free delivery.

Other Michael Hall reds you might want to try:

2012 “Stone Well” Barossa Valley Shiraz – S$63 – Halliday 95, Australian Financial Review Top 20 Wines of 2015
2013 “Sang de Pigeon” Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir – S$51 – Halliday 95
2014 Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir – S$67 – Halliday 95

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Mt Pilot Estate Eldorado (North East Victoria) Viognier Chardonnay 2016

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You know the story. A friend of a friend says he’s got a mate who’d like to talk with you about a deal. Those introductions don’t always work out, but that’s how I came across Lachlan Campbell and Mt Pilot Estate, and I’m glad I did.

Lachlan’s Mt Pilot Estate sits in a bit of a no-man’s land as far as wine regions go. It’s not quite Rutherglen, it’s not quite Central Victoria, it’s Eldorado and without a good GPS you’d probably never find his place. His passion is growing grapes and he’ll freely admit he doesn’t know when to stop. I’ve visited the family vineyard twice now, and one can’t help but be impressed by Lachlan’s infectious enthusiasm for experimenting with varieties and improving the vineyard. As consumers, we tend not to think about the failures that vignerons and winemakers face. We don’t see the vines that die from stress or the grape juice that gets discarded because of a failed fermentation.

Lachlan won me over with his sheer determination to make Mt Pilot Estate work.

The wines (a straight Viognier, Shiraz, Cabernet and this Viognier Chardonnay) are made by Marc Scalzo, respected winemaker at Rutherglen Estates.

I asked one of my regular Singapore customers to review the wines earlier this year, and the feedback was positive, especially mentioning the wines “friendliness” with Asian food.

So, with a rating of 91 (still a silver medal score), I have no hesitation in recommending this unusual blend to you. I think you’ll enjoy it.

Cheers!

David Boxall

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Pressing Matters ‘R0’ Tasmania Riesling 2017

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It climbed to 41*C last Friday at our place in Victoria, so I could think of nothing better once the sun was over the yardarm than a chilled, crisp, dry riesling.

This 2017 Pressing Matters R0 (meaning zero grams of residual sugar) is as dry as they come.

Here’s what the Melicks say about it:

“This is an acid driven wine with almost no residual sugar – it is narrow on the palate and if people like dry white wine – this is a super-dry white wine! However the lack of sugar does not mean a lack of floral and citrus fruits on the nose and palate. The R0 is a perfect complement to seafood and shellfish.” – Greg & Michelle Melick

I’ve got 17 bottles in Melbourne that can come up in mid-March if ordered. No minimum purchase. They’re safely stored in my temperature controlled coolroom.

Enjoy!

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The 41*C heat put paid to my plans to deliver the current airfreight to DHL on Friday. If you have wines in the current airfreight, they went down to DHL this morning when the temprature was 20 degrees lower.  I’m still hoping that deliveries in Singapore may start this week but I’m now in the hands of the airline and customs gods.

Thanks for your understanding.

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NEW ARRIVALS IN MELBOURNE

PARADIGM HILL, Mornington Peninsula:

2018 Riesling – S$54 – not yet rated
2018 Pinot Gris – S$73 – nyr
2017 “L’ami sage” Pinot Noir – S$79 – nyr
2016 “Adesso” Pinot Noir – S$82 – Halliday 95
2017 “Adesso” Pinot Noir – S$85 – nyr
2017 “Les Cinq” Pinot Noir – S$94 – nyr
2016 “Col’s Block” Shiraz – S$66 – nyr

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