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
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).
“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.