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Jackson Family Adds To Australian Holdings With Acquisition of Hickinbotham Vineyard

February 2, 2012

Jackson Family Estates has expanded its Australian operation, acquiring Hickinbotham Vineyard at Clarendon in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia for an undisclosed sum. Hickinbotham includes 455 acres and is known for Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. Over the years, it’s grown grapes used in acclaimed wines such as Penfolds Grange, Eileen Hardy and Clarendon Hills.

“When we learned that Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard was available, we were more than interested,” said Jackson Family chairman Barbara Banke. “We’re delighted to purchase one of the greatest vineyard estates in Australia and play an ongoing role in its protection and progress.”

Hickinbotham is near Jackson Family’s existing 250-acre Yangarra Estate Vineyard, also in McLaren Vale, purchased in late 2001 for around $6 million. Yangarra Estate manager/winemaker Peter Fraser said Hickinbotham’s proximity will allow him and his team to “guide its unique flavors into wines of style and clarity, and take it to a new level.”

Yangarra’s super-premium, Mediterranean-varietal focused wines have enjoyed strong scores in Wine Spectator, including a 90 for its 2009 Viognier and a 91 for its 2006 Cadenzia, a blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre, both retailing around $28 a bottle.

“We’ll be using some of the fruit from Hickinbotham on our Yangarra wines, but we’re also planning to create a separate label, a single-vineyard designate from the estate that will be linked to the Clarendon and Hickinbotham heritage,” Katie Jackson of Jackson Family told Shanken News Daily.

 

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