Under the ownership of Jackson Family Wines, the Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard wines from McLaren Vale are going from strength to strength.
“The Peake” Cabernet Shiraz is their showcase wine, and with 97 from robertparker.com, 97 from Huon Hooke, 97 from Halliday and 96 from Gary Walsh of The Wine Front, Chris Carpenter (of Lokoya fame) is definitely kicking goals.
Just 370 cases were made with much of it going to the US. As Jackson Family’s exclusive distributor for this label in Singapore, I brought up 3 cases (36 bottles) and after the angel’s share finds its way to the Boxall cellar, there’s now 32 bottles left (oops, make that JUST 10 LEFT as of this afternoon!).
RRP in Australia is A$175, and US$150 in the US. It’s a relative bargain here in Singapore at S$159. In years to come, you’ll kick yourself for not picking up some of this label now.
Have a squiz at the attached promo for ratings by Huon Hooke, Halliday and Gary Walsh.
ALSO from JACKSON FAMILY WINES, now in stock and with final pricing confirmed:
GRAN MORAINE Yamhill-Carlton Chardonnay 2015 – 22 btls – S$79 – Gold Medal Drinks Business Global Masters, James Suckling 91
GRAN MORAINE Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir 2014 – 22 btls – S$71 – Gold Medal Drinks Business Asia Pinot Noir Masters, Wine Spectator 92
LA JOTA Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – 20 btls – S$131 – Robert Parker 95, US$100
LOKOYA Mt Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – 8 btls – S$585 – Robert Parker 99, US$375
MT BRAVE Mt Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – 20 btls – S$110 – Robert Parker 95+, US$80
MT BRAVE Mt Veeder Malbec 2014 – 22 btls – S$110 – Robert Parker 93, US$80
MT BRAVE Mt Veeder Merlot 2014 – 22 btls – S$110 – Robert Parker 91, US$80
PENNER-ASH “Pas de Nom” Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir – 22 btls – S$160 – Robert Whitley 95, Decanter 91, US$125
So many ratings!
No lack of information on this wine and all of it good. Maybe that shouldn’t be a surprise as Chris Carpenter plays a hand in the making of this wine and he’s got a few 99 & 100 point Robert Parker Cabernets up his sleeve already at Jackson Family Wine’s Lokoya and Cardinale vineyards.
Richard Hemming of jancisrobinson.com gives it 17/20. From robertparker.com, Lisa Perotti-Brown gives it 90. Sells in the US at US$75. See below for the ratings of Huon Hooke (96), Gary Walsh (94), Halliday (94) and James Suckling (94).
In stock and ready to go. Enjoy!
When the Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard label was first released by the US-based Jackson Family Wines with the 2012 vintage, it’s fair to say that in Australia and in Singapore, it fell under the radar of many potential buyers. Buyers in both those locations are familiar with Clarendon Hills Hickinbotham Vineyard and so perhaps there was confusion or lack of clarity around the differentiation.
So to clarify, the Hickinbotham vineyard in McLaren Vale, then owned by the Hickinbotham family, had long been a supplier of grapes to prestigious labels such as Hardy’s Eileen Hardy and Penflds Grange, and of course to Clarendon Hills.
When the Jackson Family bought the vineyard, they decided to distribute their own wine under the label Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard as a reflection of the strong reputation the vineyard had achieved. Their strategy is to continue to grow exceptional quality fruit, and put it in the hands of two very skilled winemakers, namely Charlie Seppelt from Australia and Chris Carpenter from Jackson Family’s California vineyards. Chris has under his belt seven 100 pointers by Robert Parker, all Cabernets from Jackson’s Lokoya Wines.
It’s fair to say that the vineyard and the winemaking are in good hands.
This wine retails in Australia at A$150, so the price here of S$139 shows how the alcohol tax system in Singapore, so derided by many, starts to work in your favour once you climb up into the premium levels.
This is a brand to watch. The money is there, the talent is there, the determination is there, and importantly, the quality and the results are there.
If there’s one wine to splurge on for yourself this festive season, this could be it.