Jackson Estate 2013 ‘Stich’ and 2011 ‘Vintage Widow’

05-Jun-2014
There’s been good news at Jackson Estate, the pioneering Marlborough winegrowing business established by John and Jo Stichbury, who planted vines in 1987. The arrival of John Benton who became majority shareholder in Jackson Estate last year has brought a welcome input of investment and management to grow one of the most respected wine names of the region. John Benton has a strong background in wine too, being one of the owners of Pask winery in Hawke’s Bay since 2000. With John has come Jeff Hart who takes the managing director role, while John continues as the Brand Ambassador and Jo in the hospitality side of the operation. Also part of the management team are winemaker Matt Patterson-Green and viticulturist Geoff Woolcombe. A fresh website is an outside indication of the revitalisation, and the quality of the wines is as high as ever, reflecting the mature vineyards and established winegrowing and winemaking. Here, I review the latest releases of Jackson Estate’s classic expressions of Marlborough’s most important varieties, the ‘Stich’ Sauvignon Blanc named after founder John Stichbury, and the ‘Vintage Widow’ Pinot Noir, named for the partners and families left behind by vintaging personnel. www.jacksonestate.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Jackson Estate ‘Stich’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
  • Jackson Estate ‘Vintage Widow’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011

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