2020 Brash Higgins GR/M Grenache Mataro

Beautifully balanced, flavour-packed Grenache blend from a McLaren Vale winemaking cult hero!

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'GR/M' is a blend of Grenache and Mourvedre, with the latter adding structure and depth to the Grenache that Brad Hickey believes can be a little sweet on its own.

The grapes are biodynamically grown and co-fermented in open-topped fermenters, resulting in a particularly harmonious and balanced blend.

It's the fresher side of McLaren Vale Grenache blends, though with the typical punch that comes with all of the Brash Higgins range.

Two parcels of Grenache and Mataro from a Biodynamically farmed site at Yangarra Estate in the distinctive sandy soils of Blewitt Springs along the upper ridges of the eastern flank of McLaren Vale nearing the Adelaide Hills. The fruit was hand-picked on the same day, destemmed at the winery and co-fermented using wild yeast in an open fermenter for 2 weeks. This vintage was a warm one, but low yielding, and overall excellent quality. Yangarra's vineyard sits in the cooler Upper Sands part of Blewitt Springs. 15 months in trusty French puncheons further forged the fine red berry tones of Grenache (70%) with the savoury spice of Mataro (30%).

Pretty nose, floral and sweet fruited. Notes of tar, orange peel and spice from the Mataro co-mingles nicely with the lively, bright red fruited Grenache. Medium bodied with dusty tannins and great acid, focus and drive, it strikes a nice counterbalance between the openly fruity nature of Grenache and the darker, more brooding nature of Mataro.

90 Points - "This one is a plusher, riper expression of our well worn pal. It retains its easy drinking nature but there's more volume, ripeness, richness here. Soft, supple, stewed berries, choc-mocha notes, panforte. Juicy, yes, and still holds good refreshment factor, but it's a GR/M with some oomph and depth this round. Lush, lovely, slurpy thing, Dig in." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

93 Points - "70/30% grenache/mataro, sourced from a sandy plot on the biodynamically farmed Yangarra Estate in Blewitt Springs. A much better meld than the oft-used GSM. Fermented wild and raised for 15 months in 6yo French puncheons. Sap, crunch and bristle. Fecund red fruits, Seville orange peel, Campari, pickled ginger and peppery brambly accents to the curl of tannin, successfully marshalling the fruit and punching it long, joyous and ready to drink. Imminent pleasure, here." - Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

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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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