2015 Brash Higgins BLOOM

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One of the rarest and most sought after releases from this McLaren Vale legend. Beyond complex, this aged-under-flor homage to Jura is Chardonnay to expand your mind.

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A super rare wine both in the quantity and frequency of the release, in fact we have received less than a dozen bottles in as many years.

Bloom takes its, rather beautiful, name from the flor that 'blooms' over the surface of the wine during its extended aging process. It's a nod to the 'sous voile' style of Jura but this is a distinctly Australian wine.

There is a core of ripe citrus and orchard fruit, typical of McLaren Vale chardonnay, but here the typicity stops. Curry leaf, honey, smoke, iodine, salt and grilled nuts make it a unique mouthful of wonderfully complex deliciousness.

Show it off to your friends or hide in the shed and drink it all yourself... only you can make that call.

Amber in hue, the wine's nose is redolent of honey, toffee apples even whiffs of Springbank whisky come to mind. Butterscotch, desiccated coconut, ripe citrus and apple, curry powder coupled with lovely seaspray and nutty whiffs. Focused entry with rich palate weight, the wine tightens as it flows across the tongue to the back of the mouth.

93 Points - "Attractive, oxidative sea spray and warmed cashew characters, green apple, dried and fresh, then curry powder, fino whiffs and licks and a generous accompaniment of sweet spice. Definite echoes of Jura, perhaps here a bit richer and sweeter, albeit frisky with lime juice acidity and saline minerally characters. While there's a bit going on, it also feels pretty straight forward in a way. Generous scent, big mouthful of flavour, freshness in tow, good drinkability. It's a great 'experience wine' here." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

95 Points - "An Australian iconoclast glimpsing the Jura. Local chardonnay under flor, until the surface yeast's dissipation. A good idea for chardonnay from the Vale. Thereafter, oxidative maturation; 6 and a half years, all up. Camomile, aged comté, walnut oil, curry powder and glazed quince. Long and pixelated. I could argue that a bit more freshness would be nice. A wine untrammelled by convention or preconceptions. Intriguing as a result." - Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

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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