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2016 Brash Higgins ZBO Zibbibo

Region:Riverland , SA

Style:Medium Bodied

Producer:Brash Higgins

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One of the few Zibibbos in Aus made with a clear vision and brilliant execution. It’s out there and enormous fun to drink.


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Brad Hickey’s 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 is sourced from Ricca Terra Farms in the warm and sunny Riverland.

But what really distinguishes this wine is the winemaking behind it: the giant golf ball sized berries are hand-picked and destemmed into 200l clay amphorae eggs where the wine sits on skins for 6 months.

It’s a cloudy, unique wine, but incredibly well executed. Mike Bennie gave the 2016 vintage a great write-up calling it, “This is the best yet, and then some.” in his 94 point review. And he’s dead right, Brad picked a little earlier this year so it’s a little tighter than past releases but no less interesting.

Interesting and delicious, that’s this ‘ZBO’.

What It Tastes Like

“Really spicy scents, ground ginger, cumin, lemongrass, shows a sniff of apricot, fruit juice box tropical fruit, mixed peel. It’s overt, pretty and dense. Does a lot. Slips into the palate, comfort, refreshment, crisp acidity, light apricot nectar, pepper, green herbs finishes pithy. It’s explosive then contained. So much going on. Compelling drinking.” - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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Brash Higgins owner/winemaker Brad Hickey