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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

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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

2015 Chardonnay 2

Penner-Ash “Estate” Willamette Valley (Oregon) Pinot Noir 2015

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I brought in a range of Oregon pinots in the second half of last year and they proved very popular. The Zena Crown Conifer sold out and the Slope, Sum and Penner-Ash Shea Vineyard were well received too.

I held off promoting the Penner-Ash “Estate” Pinot Noir as it didn’t have a rating at the same time as the others.

It does now, with 92 points from Wine Spectator (sorry, I don’t subscribe to their digital version so haven’t seen the actual words), 90 points from Decanter and 90 from James Suckling.

International ratings tend to be, shall we say, “less exuberant” than some of the Australian ones. Maybe that’s a good thing but they’re generally less entertaining too.

This wine sells for US$65 at cellar door (ie. S$85).

Enjoy!

David Boxall

 

2015 Estate PN

Penner-Ash “Shea Vineyard” Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015

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“What’s this then?” I hear you say. “What’s Tiger Wines doing selling Oregon Pinot Noir?”

Well, little did I know when I was driving north towards Portland in July 1992, that 25 years later I would be bringing into Singapore a top range of pinots from that very area.

To join the dots…

Tiger Wines is the approved Jackson Family Wines distributor for the high-end boutique wines from Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard in McLaren Vale. Hickinbotham was purchased by Jackson Family Wines of the US in 2012.

They’ve also been buying pinot vineyards in Oregon for a while now. Zena Crown was acquired in 2013 and Penner-Ash in 2016, and both are very highly regarded. For example, Zena Crown “Slope” Pinot Noir is on allocation in the US (I was allocated just 18 bottles) but as an approved Jackson Family Wines distributor, I have been given the opportunity to tap into a small selection of their high-end pinots from both Penner-Ash and Zena Crown range.

Life’s a journey, who could resist?

This wine, the 2015 Penner-Ash “Shea Vineyard” Pinot Noir comes from the Yamhill-Carlton AVA within the Willamette Valley of Oregon.

I tried this for the first time last week and there’s no doubting the difference between the Australian and New Zealand pinots. Initially thinking it lighter in style, it developed into quite a savoury and robust wine. My first reaction was more Yarra Valley, more Timo Mayer than say Mornington or Tasmania, and as fans of Timo’s wines, my wife and I both agreed – very enjoyable.

Cheers!

David Boxall

2015 Shea PN