The 2018 Serrat range of wines were released a couple of weeks ago and much is already sold out in Australia. The 2018 Pinot Noir was on limited allocation on the website (only 3 bottles per customer) and I have none left in Singapore now. I have a little 2018 Chardonnay left and a good supply of the 2018 Shiraz Viogner. I also still have a good supply of the 2017 Shiraz Viognier so plenty to go around. Here’s what I wrote at the end of 2018 when promoting the 2017 Serrat Shiraz Viognier…
“I feel very privileged that Tiger Wines is able to offer the Serrat wines in Singapore, as they are only exported to here.
Serrat ticks all the boxes in terms of my buying strategy – the vineyard is tiny, it’s family owned, it has an incredible winemaker in Tom Carson and great ratings, it’s very hard for many people to get and most importantly, the owners are a delight to deal with. Despite all their success, including Halliday’s Wine of the Year a few years back, Tom Carson and Nadege Sun have kept their pricing quite reasonable, raising the range from A$42 to A$44 for this vintage.
I did a quick search using “Wine-Searcher Pro” and I couldn’t find this 2017 vintage for sale in Australia, suggesting to me that it may be sold out, which should not be unexpected. Wine-Searcher also shows the last average sale price globally was US$71 (S$98).
So…here it is in Singapore at S$69 and I’ve got adequate supplies.”
I’ve still got about 3 cases of the 2017, still at S$69. There’s no minimum purchase and if ordered, the wines can be here late September in my next airfreight. Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone/WhatsApp to +65 96610429.
The Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard range for 2016 has been very well received by the raters.
There’s a new addition to the range too, a grenache under the name “Elder Hill”
From a ratings point of view, the label that usually sits in the shadow of the other varieties and blends is “The Revivalist” Merlot, and yet it’s the merlot that is the most popular amongst my customers, often selling out before the others.
Maybe that shouldn’t be a surprise as The Revivalist is made by Chris Carpenter (famous for producing the 100 point Cabernets for Lokoya and Cardinale) with input from Peter Fraser of Yangarra, the Jackson Family Wines vineyards that abutt the Hickinbotham holding.
Most of the Hickinbotham wines are destined for the US, where The Revivalist lists for US$75 (about S$103) and where it is sold under cork rather than screwcap. It was my choice, but for this vintage I have chosen for the wines to be under cork as I’ve suffered too many losses during past airfreights with potential leakage from dented and damaged screwcaps.
The 2016 The Revivalist is retailing here at S$92 all up. The 2015 sold out on release, but after a re-order, I have 9 bottles of the 2015 left if you’d like to do a vintage comparison (Halliday 95, Robert Parker 92+)
Here’s the rest of the 2016 Hickinbotham Clarendon Hills range:
“The Peake” Cabernet Shiraz – S$152 – Huon Hooke 98
“Trueman” Cabernet Sauvignon – S$92 – Huon Hooke 97
“Elder Hill” Grenache – S$92 – Hallliday 95
“Brooks Road” Shiraz – S$92 – Halliday 95
Let’s get the pricing out of the way first. At S$160, it’s certainly in the upper echelons of the pinot noir that I carry, but it’s not the most expensive. That title goes to Nick Glaetzer’s Glaetzer-Dixon La Judith Tasmania Pinot Noir 2013 at S$184 (A$220 downunder).
I say that it’s a relative bargain and that’s because the Pas de Nom retails in the US at US$125, and at today’s exchange rate that’s about S$173, so in Singapore this wine is selling at below it’s US price. That doesn’t happen with many US wines that I’ve seen for sale in Singapore.
Only 24 bottles allocated for Singapore by Jackson Family Wines, 18 left now. In stock and ready to go.
You might also like to try the following PENNER-ASH pinots:
2015 “Estate” – S$91 – James Suckling 90
2015 “Shea Vineyard” – S$91 – James Suckling 94
94 robertparker.com, 93 Wine Spectator…same price here as in the US
I’ve got 16 bottles of the 2015 La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot for sale here in Singapore at S$128 all up (alcohol tax, gst and delivery included) which makes it about the same as the US cellar door price of US$85.
Tiger Wines is the authorised Singapore distributor for some of Jackson Family Wines premium selections so these wine have come straight from JFW in Sonoma to Chai Chee by airfreight.
In stock and ready to go, no minimum purchase.
Other Merlots you might want to consider:
2014 Mt Brave Howell Mountain Napa Valley – S$110 – 2031 – Wine Enthusiast 92
2015 Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard ‘The Revivalist’ McLaren Vale – S$92 – 2027 – Halliday 95
2016 Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard ‘The Revivalist’ McLaren Vale – S$92 – 2026 – Halliday 95
2015 Stefano Lubiana Tasmania – S$56 – not yet rated