Brash Higgins - "GR/M" Grenache/Mataro - 2018


Vintage - 2018

Country - Australia

Region - South Australia

Sub-region - McLaren Vale

Grape - 70% Grenache, 30% Mataro

Alcohol - 14.9%
Closure - Screwcap

Producer - Brash Higgins is the alias of Brad Hickey, a Chicago native with a serious
wanderlust, whose career as a sommelier and food writer has taken him
all over the world. Having spent years talking about and selling wine, the
next step in the journey was to make it, landing him in McLaren Vale to
work a vintage. It was here that the wanderer finally settled, marrying local
vigneron Nicole Thorpe, with whom he developed his eponymous label.
Using grapes from their own organic Omensetter Vineyard as well as fruit
sourced from like-minded growers, they have crafted a range of wines
which allow Brash’s experimental nature and pure instinct for flavour to
shine through.

Vineyard - The grapes come from Yangarra Estate’s Upper Blewitt Sands vineyard,
in McLaren Vale’s Blewitt Springs subregion. This vineyard is farmed
biodynamically and the forty-five-year-old Grenache and fifteen-year-old
Mataro vines are planted on sandy soils over ironstone.

Winery - Both the Grenache and Mataro grapes were harvested by hand on the
same day, before being co-fermented in one-ton open-top fermenters.
The Mataro went in first as whole bunches and it was crushed by foot.
The destemmed Grenache then followed on top. The ferment was
then hand-plunged twice daily over a three-week period, before being
pressed to seasoned -litre French oak barrels for twelve months’ ageing.

Taste - A seamless blend of the cherry and red berry flavours of Grenache with
Mataro’s darker, spicier notes. The palate is full and rich, with the tannins
providing structure, whilst being soft enough to give a supple, elegant

Category Red wine