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2017 Brash Higgins FRNC Cabernet Franc

McLaren Vale, SA

One of the leading examples of the modern Australian Cabernet Franc!

$30.00

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About
Very Loire valley in style this year, more finely-etched than the ‘16 and a lither expression of the variety.

Brad Hickey, Owner/winemaker

About The Wine

The Brash Higgins 'FRNC' is one of the trailblazing wines of its genre. In only its fourth vintage this wine has been at the forefront of the new wave of fresh and vibrant Cabernet Franc sweeping across the wine regions of Australia.

Brad wants this wine to "focus on the aromatics and delicacy of the fruit, making it an ease to drink but still complex, age worthy." and he has achieved that unequivocally. The 2017 was picked at perfect ripeness. Bang on for the Loire Valley style that Brad is chasing.

This small batch of fruit has made simply one of the most delicious and interesting wines of its ilk in the country. It sells out quicker every year, don't miss out!

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 Hickey AKA Brash Higgins
Brad Hickey AKA Brash Higgins
McLaren Vale, SA
Additional Info

From The Producer

Our fourth Cabernet Franc, 100% grown from a neighbouring vineyard planted in 2001 and made at Brash HQ. Vintage 2017 provided good growing conditions, relatively cool for Cab Franc with an even season punctuated by small berry set.

The idea for this FRNC was to focus on the aromatics and delicacy of the fruit, making it an ease to drink but still complex, age worthy. Like a lot of the 2017’s, alcohol levels were lower, with the FRNC at 11.9%

Blend : Cabernet Franc (100%)
ABV : 11.90%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2022
Bottle Size : 750ml

Reds fermenting in clay amphora
Reds fermenting in clay amphora
Brash Higgins HQ, McLaren Vale, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

93Points
The Wine Front

"This is the way it’s done. It’s beautifully fruited, structured, presented and finessed. It tastes of anise, boysenberry, dried herbs and dust, with clove, dark choc and earth characters floating throughout as well. But the flavours themselves aren’t really the thing. It’s the understatement of it, within a juicy context. It’s the clear impression that we’re enjoying the company of a cabernet family member, which just so happens to have its own take on things. I’d reach for this every or any day of the week." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

Delivery

Delivery is Free for any order over $149 or more, or just $10 for any orders of $149 or less. There is no minimum order quantity and you can mix and match as much as you like. Make your perfect mixed pack!

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Australia Wide Deliveries outside of Sydney and Melbourne metro are all delivered with Australia Post's eParcel wine delivery service. They pick up from us at 12pm Monday through Friday. When your order has been dispatched you'll receive tracking information to your email. Unfortunately with the complications of Covid and expected Christmas surge Australia Post are being extremely vague about delivery times. You will need to have your order placed before midnight 10th of December if you want to ensure it’s there for Christmas.

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