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.
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.