2012 Brash Higgins BLOOM

A rare bird from Brash Higgins. Chardonnay under flor for 6.5 years. Only 2 barrels made.

Sale price$85.00


Six and a half years ago, Brad Hickey took a couple of French coopered barrels full of Chardonnay and embarked on a journey to make a white wine in the style of the famous oxidative wines of Jura.

This was a bold experiment so early on in the story of Brash Higgins. Brad is finally releasing the second in his series of these wines which he has lovingly named BLOOM.

BLOOM has spent much of its life slowly developing under a flor, constantly ullaged, gradually soaking up the ambient characteristics of the Brash Higgins winery. The result is a fascinating, deliciously mind-bending drinking experience.

Only 46 dozen were produced. This is something unique amongst our vast wine landscape. For lovers of the more adventurous wines in this country, this is not be missed.

The 2012 BLOOM, our second incarnation since the original 2008 version, is a slowly aged white wine made in a style inspired by the “sous-voile”, or “under-the-veil”, oxidative methods found in France’s Jura and Burgundy region.
Here, McLaren Vale Chardonnay from the sandy Blewitt Springs sub-region has been matured for six and a half years in selected white Burgundy barrels (2), periodically adding some fresh white wine to feed the ‘flor’ (flower) or ‘voile’ (veil) growing as a natural, healthy protective barrier on the wine’s surface.
The last two years the barrels were turned on their side to prevent any tampering (mainly to keep the winemaker from drinking it) and to completely seal the bung air tight. No topping was done during this final ageing period. We aged the bottled wine an additional 8 months in our cold cellar.

94 Points - "Rich, soft, fleshy wine of light saline character, full nuttiness and honey-butter characters, good cut of acidity amongst the plushness. It has toast and butter, saline notes (though those are subtle), cracked honeycomb and cool, green apple and grapefruit flavours rolling long. It feels ‘oxidative’ in faint fino sherry notes too. There’s length, complexity and an all-round resolved bringing together of many elements. It’s one to savour, just open it very, very early before consuming." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Brash Higgins

Brash Higgins is the label of winemaking American-turned-honorary-Aussie, Brad Hickey.

In his former life, Hickey was one of America's top sommeliers, working for many years crafting some of New York's finest wine lists. He came to Australia and fell in love with McLaren Vale and local vigneron Nicole Thorpe, with whom he now produces highly characterful, minimalist wines from their much loved Omensetter vineyard.

Hickey's wines are extremely expressive. They fall in two camps - the wines sourced from Omensetter vineyard and those sourced from friends around the Vale and the warm, dry Riverlands.

Brad Hickey AKA Brash Higgins - McLaren Vale, SA Brash Higgins

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