Brash Higgins CHN Chenin Blanc 2019


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Flavours of citrus, honey, apples and straw dominate, whilst the lees ageing gives a succulent texture to the palate. The Chenin’s natural acidity is perfectly complemented by a delicate saline streak that runs through to the finish.

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The grapes are sourced from Dr Grantley Gill’s Willamba Hill vineyard, in the Blewitt Springs subregion of McLaren Vale. This vineyard was planted in 1991 at a density of around 400 vines per hectare on predominantly white sandy soils, and is farmed sustainably.

The grapes were harvested by hand and macerated on their skins for two days prior to pressing. Fermentation took place using indigenous yeasts in old, neutral ex-white burgundy barrels and the wine was left to age on its lees for twelve months, before being bottled without fining.

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Vintage 2019
Alcoholic strength 13.4%
Country Australia
Region South Australia
Subregion McLaren Vale
Grapes Chenin Blanc 100%
Dry/Sweet value 2
Contains sulphites Yes
Vegetarian Yes
Vegan Yes
Organic No
Biodynamic No
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Brash Higgins

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.

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