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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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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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Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard “The Peake” Cabernet Shiraz 2013

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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.

 

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