Monthly Archives: December 2017

Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard “The Peake” McLaren Vale Cabernet Shiraz 2013


Under the stewardship of Jackson Family Wines, the Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard label is going from strength to strength.

Some of you were lucky enough to get some of the 2013 The Peake at my special introductory price back in 2016 of S$139, but this last case is being offered at its normal list of S$155. It’s sold out at the winery and according to my tracking data, it’s sold out in Australian retail too. There’s a few bottles still for sale in the US for US$150. The current release, 2015, is listed at A$175/US$175

This is not a wine to “buy now, drink now”, so that might limit the interest to some of you, but if you can be patient, I think you’ll look back on the day you bought it with satisfaction.

No minimum purchase – the stock is in Singapore so can be delivered up to December 20, after that it would be 8 January on.

There’s some recent ratings from international reviewers as follows:


JAMES SUCKLING – 93 pts – “The most powerful, complete and long of the four 2013 wines tasted, this has a heady mix of liquorice, cassis, toasty oak spices and crushed purple flowers, really fresh, smells concentrated and full of ripe dark purple and black fruits – cassis, plum and blackberry, some redder fruits here too. The palate has a powerful core of deep tannin with density and depth, really assertive and long, immense composure, a superb wine with clarity, refined power and length. Best from 2022.”



David Boxall



SORRENBERG, Beechworth
2016 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon – 9 bottles – S$53 – Mike Bennie 97
2016 Chardonnay – 11 bottles – S$70 – Mike Bennie 96


2013 The Peake 3

Brown Magpie “Single Vineyard” Geelong Pinot Noir 2013


95 from Halliday, 95 from Huon Hooke, Top Wine at the 2014 Boutique Wine Show, also at the same show Best Pinot Noir and Best Red Wine. Also Gold at the 2016 International Cool Climate Wine Show.

Here’s what Huon Hooke had to say back on 12th August 2014, writing for the Sydney Morning Herald:

“A little Geelong winemaker can rightly crow with its pinot scooping the pool. Brown Magpie was the star at this year’s Boutique Wine Awards, winning the trophy for “top wine of show” with its 2013 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir. It’s a name most wine-lovers would not have heard, but the vineyard is in the Geelong region of southern Victoria – a region whose fame with pinot noir is well established…Brown Magpie is near Moriac in the hinterland of the evocatively named Surf Coast…it is genuinely cool viticultural climate. And yes – there are brown-and-white magpies living on the property!

Brown Magpie has been knocking on the door [of the a trophy] for several years, and this is the best wine I’ve seen from them to date. The 20-hectare property was bought by Loretta and Shane Breheny in 1998 and nine hectares planted to predominantly pinot noir…Viticulture is Loretta’s field, the winery Shane’s, although they also employ a highly experienced winemaker in Daniel Greene. Most importantly, this wine also won the trophy for the “best estate-grown and produced wine”. This award is the essence of the competition, which aims to encourage and celebrate small wineries that produce no more than 250 tonnes of grapes a year. It goes to the best wine in the show that’s been produced in the true vigneron manner.”

I’ve got 41 bottles in stock and they can be here in the second week of January if ordered. It’s got plenty of life in it yet. See the promo attached.


David Boxall


ALL SAINTS (Rutherglen)
Rare Muscadelle NV 375ml – 10 btls – $94 – Halliday 98
Rare Muscat NV 375ml – 10 btls – $94 – Halliday 97
Grand Muscadelle NV 375ml – 6 btls – $73 – Halliday 96
Grand Muscat NV 375ml – 10 btls – $73 – Halliday 96
Durif 2015 – 2 btls – $47 – Halliday 93
Sparkling Shiraz NV – 6 btls – $49 – Campbell Mattinson 89

HOLYMAN (Tasmania)
Chardonnay 2016 – 12 btls – $69 – Gary Walsh 96

Riesling 2017 – 12 btls – $59 – Not yet rated
Pinot Noir 2016 – 24 btls – $78 – Huon Hooke 96, Halliday 95, Campbell Mattinson 94
Pinot Noir Gamay 2017 – 12 btls – $69 – Not yet rated
Blanc de Blanc Sparkling 2011 – 6 btls – $69 – Mike Bennie 91

ST LEONARDS (Rutherglen)
Wahgunyah Shiraz 2015 – 1 btl – $63 – Halliday 95

2013 SV PN 2