Jackson Estate embodies the very best of Marlborough, New Zealand, the essence of fine wine. Jackson Estate is a special place, a testament to the vision and determination of the Stichbury and Jackson families who have farmed the land on the Wairau River plains at Jacksons Road for more than 160 years. The introduction of Wellington businessman John Benton during 2013 as the major shareholder in Jackson Estate ensures the iconic winemaker remains securely in N.Z. ownership.
Since planting our pioneering vineyards, over three decades ago – time, tide and fortune have been kind to Jackson Estate and the unparalleled affinity between Marlborough and fine wine has spectacularly been realised..
The acclaim Jackson Estate generates is based on the merit of its soils, mature, cool climate vineyards and wine making style. High sunshine hours maximise fruit concentration; a long, dry growing season enables aroma accumulation and even ripening. Cool nights retain high acidity in the grapes, allowing the wines to age well.
Jackson Estate believes in a few very simple principles – the best modern winemaking techniques; a respect for vineyard sites; and unerring pursuit of varietal integrity; and through this a strong, identifiable and much admired style.
Matt Patterson-Green - Head winemaker / Winery Manager
Matt has been with Jackson Estate for nine years now and guides the winemaking for Jackson Estate to help express the true nature of our vineyards and region, and to create interesting, polarising and enjoyable wines.
Journey: Completed a B.Hort Business and B.Hort Tech at Massey University Started as the Production manager then to Lincoln University to complete a Post Grad Dip Viticulture and Oenology. Following this Matt worked at various vineyards and wineries in South Canterbury, Waipara, USA, Marlborough, Germany, Nelson and back to Marlborough. Started at Jackson Estate as the nightshift winemaker for six weeks when JKE offered a full time position Matt was really impressed with what they were doing so stayed.
Interests: Love living in the Marlborough region, fishing, hunting, hiking and mountain biking. A great place to raise a family and is the heart of New Zealand winemaking.
What's your favourite wine and why?: The Jackson Estate Gum Emperor Reserve Pinot series from 2005 thru 2011. As they showcase how vine-age, vineyard selection and soil type influence Pinot from Marlborough.
BENTON FAMILY HERITAGE
The introduction of Wellington businessman John Benton as the major shareholder in Jackson Estate ensures the iconic winemaker remains securely in N.Z. ownership.
Johns maternal great, great grandfather, Alexander Alison, was described as a small man with a big head and he wore a grey frock coat and a white belltoper! He was one of the ships companies who accompanied Charles Darwin in H.M.S. Beagle when he went around the World.
When the warship returned to England Alexander made two trips to New Zealand in the 1840s and on the second trip left his sailing ship and settled in Wellington where he married Jean Cameron. They subsequently came to Auckland and in 1854 bought 10 acres of land in Devonport and established the Alison clan in Devonport and Takapuna.
Johns great grandfather, the Hon. E.W. Alison MLC, was deeply involved in business, mining and politics on Aucklands North Shore.
Salt water was also present on the other side of the Alison family with Johns grandmothers father Captain John Reed. He became a master mariner in 1883 and commanded many of the clipper ships around Cape Horn, including the Star of Russia.
Johns paternal grandfather was Captain John Benton who skippered ships in the Pacific and his father Eric Benton was, up until recently, the longest serving member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Wellington.
Little wonder then that Johns interests lie in business, anything to do with the sea, mining and newspapers!
JACKSON FAMILY HERITAGE
The Jackson Family came to New Zealand in 1842 on the Martha Ridgeway from Runnymede in England. In 1855 Adam Jackson bought the first blocks of land in the heart of the Marlborough region, along what was to become known as Jacksons Road.
The iconic gum tree that graces the Jackson Estate label was planted in 1867 by Adams wife Alice. Today the tree stands over 45 meters tall.
John Stichbury is the fifth generation of the Jackson Family to farm the land. In 1987 John and Jo planted the first vines and the first wines were released in 1991 under the Jackson Estate label. Subsequently, there was no looking back as the wines proceeded to go from strength to strength, and quickly shot to fame in taking the coveted Sauvignon Blanc Trophy at the London International Wine Competition in 1993.
Today Jackson Estate is distributed world-wide with market partners in Asia/ Pacific, Americas, United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East.
Estate owned and controlled vineyards enables complete management over the growing season and provides the significant benefit of meaning no compromises are required with regard to quality of fruit
Today the Mission Statement remains “Best wines at affordable prices”
- Jackson Estate Vintage Widow Pinot Noir 2012 (Royal Easter Wine Show 2014, Trophy and Gold Medal Wines)
- Jackson Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (Sydney International Wine Competition 2006, Award Winning Wines)
- Jackson Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2004 (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2004, Gold Medal and Champion Wines)
- Jackson Estate Botrytised Riesling 2006 (Champion Sweet Wine Trophy) (Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2006, Gold Medal and Trophy Wines)
- Jackson Estate Shelter Belt Chardonnay 2005 (International Wine and Spirit 2007, New Zealand Gold and Silver Medal Wines)
- Jackson Estate Vintage Widow Pinot Noir 2005 (International Wine and Spirit 2007, New Zealand Gold and Silver Medal Wines)
- Jackson Estae Vintage Widow Pinot Noir 2007 (International Wine and Spirit 2009)
- Jackson Estate Vintage Widow Pinot Noir 2009 (International Wine and Spirit 2011, Gold Medal Winners)
- Jackson Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2004 (International Wine Challenge 2005, New Zealand wines gold and silver medals)
- Jackson Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (International Wine Challenge 2007, New Zealand wines - Gold and Silver medals)
- Jackson Estate Grey Ghost Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (International Wine Challenge 2007, New Zealand wines - Gold and Silver medals)
- Jackson Estate Vintage Widow Pinot Noir 2005 (International Wine Challenge 2007, New Zealand wines - Gold and Silver medals)