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2017 Brash Higgins CINS Cinsault 1.5L

McLaren Vale, SA

Mesmerising straight Cinsault from Brad and Nicole.

$75.00

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Categories: Brash Higgins, Magnums
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Sheesh, this is a bloody unreal wine. You’ll have to like the lighter, delicate side of red wines though. Not all great wines are about power and intensity and complexity, some revel in their gossamer feel and understatement.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

This is a new addition to the Brash Higgins range. Following on from Brad's pursuit of freshness in Cabernet Franc, here he picks up the lesser-known Rhone variety Cinsault and runs a similar course.

There are few varietal Cinsaults in McLaren Vale where Shiraz and Grenache take the lion's share off attention for Rhone varieties, but after this release there may be a few more popping up before you know it. 

Mike Bennie gave this a very high recommendation in his 95 point appraisal of the 2017 release. Brad didn't make much so you'll need to be quick if you want to snap up some of this beauty for yourself.

About 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.

If you want 'classic' McLaren Vale, or if you want the true avant-garde, it's all available in the Brash Higgins range.

Brad and Nicole
Brad and Nicole's Omensetter vineyard
McLaren Vale, SA
Reviews

Critic Reviews

95Points
The Wine Front

"Sheesh, this is a bloody unreal wine. You’ll have to like the lighter, delicate side of red wines though. Not all great wines are about power and intensity and complexity, some revel in their gossamer feel and understatement. Light, flavoursome, delicate and insanely drinkable, juicy, joyous red wine here. Has a pinosity and glossiness, crisp tannin profile and tangy acidity. Fine red berry flavours, light dusting of spice, good carry of flavour, plenty of interest. What a fantastic wine this is. So delicious, yet so much to pore over. Australian wine is in such an interesting, good place with such expressions." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Additional Info

From The Producer

Made from a block of Cinsault vines which we grafted to a former Semillon patch at neighbouring Lennon Vineyard in 2013. Vinted from hand selected fruit, a couple buckets of whole bunch Grenache added for interest, and sent to an open one ton fermenter for 2 weeks.

Wild yeast did their job and then it all was gently basket pressed and sent to 8 year old French hogsheads for 7 months. 2017 in the Vale is considered a strong vintage resulting in balanced wines with finesse, spice and, for us, lower alcohol levels. This is the first vintage of CINS made at the Brash Higgins winery.

Blend : Cinsault (100%)
ABV : 11.2%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 1.5L

Reds in amphora at Brash Higgins HQ
Reds in amphora at Brash Higgins HQ
McLaren Vale, SA
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