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Mt. Brave Mt. Veeder (Napa Valley) Malbec 2014

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This is a first for Tiger Wines, a new addition from the Jackson Family range of high-end wines.

Just 600 cases were made and just 2 of those cases were allocated for Singapore.

With a retail price of US$80 at winery, the price here of S$110 is within a dollar or two of a direct exchange rate conversion. You can’t buy better than that.

Cheers!

David Boxall

2014 Malbec 2

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La Jota Howell Mountain (Napa Valley) Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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This 2014 La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon from Jackson Family Wines portfolio is currently listed on the La Jota website with the rider “limited availability, please enquire”, and is on offer by US retailers at US$100.

I got 24 bottles as part of my JFW allocation and there’s currently 13 left for sale.

I’m retailing it here at S$131 ea. which makes it spot on with a direct exchange conversion from the asking price in the US. It was released at US$85 but as Robert Parker noted, it was unlikely to remain at that price.

Enjoy!

David Boxall

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NEW ARRIVALS IN MELBOURNE

DAWSON JAMES, Tasmania: This is a restocking of the 2014 Pinot. The 2015 Dawson James wines will not be released until September 2018.
2014 Pinot Noir – 36 btls – S$84 – Halliday 97, Huon Hooke 95, Gold ’16 Melbourne Wine Show, Double Gold ’16 Six Nations Challenge and best Australian pinot.

GLAETZER-DIXON, Tasmania:
2014 “Reveur” Pinot Noir – 12 btls – S$63 – Gary Walsh 87
2017 “Avance” Pinot Noir – 12 btls – S$47 – not yet rated
2016 “Mon Pere” Shiraz – 12 btls – S$69 – Huon Hooke 93

LAUREL BANK, Tasmania: This is a restocking as initial order sold quickly
2016 Riesling – 12 btls – S$43 – Huon Hooke 94, Silver ’18 Tas, Wine Show

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Zena Crown “Conifer” Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2014

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I promo’d this wine back in late 2017 (@ S$108) and it sold out. I got some more earlier this year in my Jackson Family Wines allocation so here it is again but this time with a couple of new ratings  from James Suckling and Wine Spectator.

It’s also been repriced slightly, down to S$103 which according to my exchange rate calculations makes it exactly the same price that it was released in the US, i.e. US$75.

I’ve often heard people say that US wines are so expensive in Singapore. I can’t do much about the retail price over there, but I can make sure that by the time they get here (at least for the one’s I represent), the price remains fair.

Cheers

David Boxall

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Here’s the other ZENA CROWN wines in stock and all are S$ equivalent of US$ release price:

2014 “The Slope” Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir – 14 bottles – S$137 – Robert Parker 93+, James Suckling 92, Wine Spectator 92, Decanter 92
2014 “The Sum” Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir – 14 bottles – S$103 – Robert Parker 92, Wine Spectator 92

2014 Conifer PN 2

Lokoya Mt Veeder Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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Yes, this is the most expensive wine in my portfolio and no, I don’t expect that all of my customers will be chafing at the bit to get it…but maybe you know someone who might be interested. It’s not a change of direction for Tiger Wines, but when I was offered the opportunity to get 12 bottles, through my Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyards connection with Jackson Family Wines, I jumped at it.

Here’s a few things to consider:

It’s Robert Parker 99 points.

It was on very tight allocation in the US, i.e. one needed to apply to buy it retail. No point in applying now as allocations have closed. Singapore was allocated just 12 bottles. There’s 4 left.

It’s US$375 retail there.

It comes direct to Tiger Wines from Jackson Family Wines (JFW) rather than through a parallel import.

A lesser-rated vintage is currently on sale in Singapore for S$710.

I have 4 bottles left in stock in Singapore at S$585 ea. including GST.

Cheers

David Boxall

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Gran Moraine Yamhill-Carlton (Oregon) Chardonnay 2015

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Gran Moraine is now part of the Jackson Family Wines group which allows Tiger Wines, as its distributor for some of the boutique wines in the JFW portfolio, to bring this wine to Singapore.

It won’t replace the focus on the cool-climate wines of Tasmania, Yarra Valley, Beechworth etc. as it’s a “once a year” purchase and it’s only for 2 cases.

But it’s a good opportunity to try some excellent wines coming from the Oregon region, and to compare the different approaches to winemaking between Oregon and Australia’s cool-climate regions. The winemaker notes talk of fermentation taking 12 months to complete, in my experience, unheard of in Australia.

1258 cases made, a modest alcohol of 13% and RRP of US$45 in the home market.

Cheers

David Boxall

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NEW ARRIVALS IN MELBOURNE

GEMBROOK HILL – Yarra Valley
2016 Chardonnay – 12 btls – S$60 – Mike Bennie 95
2016 Sauvignon Blanc – 12 btls – S$51 – Halliday 90
2016 Pinot Noir – 18 btls – S$68 – not yet rated

HOME HILL – Huon Valley
2017 Sauvignon Blanc – 18 btls – S$46 – Huon Hooke 91

MAYER – Yarra Valley
All 2017, all 12 btls, all sold out at winery within 2 weeks of release

Cabernet – S$72 – Mike Bennie 96
Chardonnay – S$73 – NYR (not yet rated)
Gamay – S$72 – Mike Bennie 94, first time release
Nebbiolo – S$72 – Mike Bennie 96
Pinot Noir “Bloody Hill” – S$55 – NYR
Pinot Noir “Close Planted” – S$73 – Mike Bennie 96+
Pinot Noir “Doktor” – S$73 – NYR
Granite Pinot Noir – S$73 – NYR
Syrah – S$72 – NYR

MT PILOT ESTATE – Eldorado
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon – 24 btls – S$52 – Halliday 88

SORRENBERG – Beechworth
2017 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon – 24 btls – S$57 – Gary Walsh 96

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Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard “The Peake” Cabernet Shiraz 2015

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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.

Enjoy!

David Boxall

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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

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

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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:

WINE ENTHUSIAST – 96 pts

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.”

ROBERTPARKER.COM – 92 pts

Enjoy!

David Boxall

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NEW ARRIVALS IN MELBOURNE

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

 

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