2014 Brash Higgins ZBO Zibibbo

2014 Brash Higgins ZBO Zibibbo

Region:McLaren Vale , SA

Style:Light Bodied

Producer:Brash Higgins

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One of the few Zibibbos in Aus made with a clear vision and brilliant execution. Its out there and enormous fun to drink.
weird & wonderful

RRP $37.00

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Brad Hickey’s (AKA Brash Higgins) love for the weird and wonderful in the world of wine seems to know no bounds. And his ‘ZBO’ (Zibibbo Amphora) is as weird and wonderful as they come. For those unfamiliar with Zibibbo, it is an ancient member of the muscat family, originating in the mediterranean which has found a new home in South Australia. The fruit for this, his second vintage of the ‘ZBO’ was sourced from Ricca Terra Farms in the warm and sunny Riverland. But what is really unique about this wine is the winemaking behind it. The giant golf ball sized berries are hand picked and destemmed into 200l clay amphorae eggs. After a wild ferment and hand plunging the wine sat on skins for 5 months before the free-run juice was transferred into barrel, with the skins then being hand pressed through a dislodged screen door (awesome!). Every effort was taken to prevent oxygen having any influence on the wine until the last moment when it was racked just before bottling. Crazy stuff, but incredibly well executed. Mike Bennie gave it a great writeup (93 points), and hit in on the head I reckon: “It’s such an interesting expression... Wild, for sure, but dive in and explore.” Too right. Hilarious and innovative and just plain cool, that’s Brash Higgins and that’s his ‘ZBO’.

What it Tastes Like

Big and almost ‘brash’ as far as white wines go, this is something else. It’s cloudy in the glass, thanks to the lack of filtration but you definitely want all the bits in this, it just works. Rich and heading towards oily in texture but still maintains freshness, I don’t know how, but it does. Spicy and herby on the nose with lemon stone fruit at the core of it all. The palate is dry, with hints of honeydew and apricot and a crushed rock texture on the tongue. Powerful yet delicate and complex all at once, this was a lot of fun to drink.


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