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2018 Brash Higgins CBSV Cabernet Sauvignon

McLaren Vale, SA

A wine that will reawaken any dormant love for McLaren Vale Cabernet.

$40.00

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About

About The Wine

The Brash Higgins CBSV is grown on the Omensetter vineyard, tended by Brad and Nicole, in their home of McLaren Vale.

This is McLaren Vale Cabernet with some spunk and personality. It spends 20 months in new and used oak, it's un-tinkered with by Brad on its way to bottle giving a fleshy yet vital rendition of the variety from this part of the world.

Whether you're a fan of Brash Higgins, Cab Sauv or just full-bodied McLaren Vale reds in general, you will find a lot of joy in this release.

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

The fruit for the 2018 CBSV was hand selected at the Organic Brash Higgins estate Omensetter Vineyard. The vines were planted in 1997 into a unique, shallow sandstone shift in the predominately clay over limestone vineyard. 2018 may be our finest effort yet, as the vines survived intact after a wicked hailstorm ripped thru the region in November. A touch longer elevage than usual, 20 months, showed superb results. 200 cases

‘Perfumed nose; caraway seeds, floral, sweet mint, blueberries and cassis, with spicy notes of Earl Grey tea, and Dutch liquorice. On the palate the wine is smooth and rich with the sweet earthiness of roasted root vegetables, the acidity of rhubarb and the dark lusciousness of black currants. Layered and complex, the 2018 finishes with lovely sweet notes as well as that typical cabernet tannin keeping the wine taut.’ – Brad Hickey, Vinitor, November 2020.

Blend : Cabernet Sauvignon (100%)
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2028
Bottle Size : 750ml

The McLaren Vale enigma, Brad Hickey
The McLaren Vale enigma, Brad Hickey
McLaren Vale, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

94Points
The Wine Front

"Winemaker Brad Hickey likes cabernet. “It’s nice to have a Cabernet”, says Hickey, “a guilty pleasure, a northern Californian style, per se, cabernet qualities, fuller flavoured, richer style. I like my Alice In Wonderland Zibbibo and frisky wines, but it’s great to have this in the mix too”.Very fragrant, plums, brined green olive, minty notes, cassis and lavender. Plush and so very supple in the palate, bright acidity perking up a lush flow of unctuous, dense, concentrated cassis, green herb and more olive character. Goes long, stains the palate gently, open weave, light web of tannins. Really delightful in its generosity and unashamed fuller flavour. Lovely." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

94Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"Hand harvested from the organically farmed Omensetter Vineyard, lying on a sandstone substrata and facing to the cooler east. Fermented with plenty of whole berries for a jubey, floral semi-carbonic effect and aged in classy French hogsheads for 20 months. An exceptional, full-bodied and highly savoury maritime cabernet. Aromas of bitter chocolate, spearmint and a sappy red/blackcurrant riff with a verdant echo of hedgerow lacing the latticework of emery tannin to follow. Saline. Long, precise and auguring well for mid-term patience. A delicious wine." - Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

Delivery

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