Hello Mountain Wine Club!
Most of you know me as a Napa Valley-focused winemaker, but for the last few years,
I’ve also been working on a passion project, growing fruit in one of the most historic and beloved vineyard sites in South Australia — Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard in McLaren Vale — and crafting Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a blend of Cabernet and Shiraz.
This is the First time that we’ve included a non-Napa wine in the Mountain Wine Club, and I can’t wait for you to try it. This shipment includes the 2016 Hickinbotham The Peake Cabernet Shiraz and 2017 Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon. For those of you that live in states that don’t allow the importation of international wine, instead of The Peake we’ve substituted an extremely rare library wine that I know you will love — 2003 La Jota Vineyard Co. Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Peake was named for the founder of the township of Clarendon, Sir Edward John Peake. I’ve been making wine in Australia long enough now that I have a sense of the land, the country, and the culture, but what really tied me into Australia was making The Peake. Cabernet Shiraz is classic Australia. Long before Merlot showed up, Shiraz was here, and the Australians were blending it with Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2017 Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon is a stunner. It’s blended with just a little Malbec (from the 2018 vintage), Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot to give it a full-bodied freshness. All the fruit comes from Mt. Veeder, so this wine is a great example of the amazing quality coming from that location and elevation.
The 2003 La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon has the benefit of aging for over a decade, and it’s drinking beautifully right now. This was a great wine in 2003 and it’s only gotten better. You can drink it now or continue to cellar it for a few years. I can’t wait to hear what you think of these wines, and I hope to see you soon at the estate.
Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley
94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, 1.5% Cabernet Franc, 1.5% Petite Verdot
McLaren Vale, Australia
57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Shiraz
Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
La Jota Vineyard
86.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.5% Merlot
“When you choose to be a member of The Mountain Wine Club, you make a commitment to experience the diversity and unique characteristics of the Napa mountain appellations. Thus our commitment from the vineyards to the winery is to showcase only the best and most exclusive of our wines to you. Enjoy!”
Winemaker, Christopher Carpenter