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2020 Brash Higgins R/SM Riesling Semillon

McLaren Vale, SA

Blistering release of this unique McLaren Vale white blend, made from Riesling (R) and Semillon (SM).

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Formidably long, moreish and extremely impressive. Wow!

Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

About The Wine

The ‘R/SM’ is Brash Higgins' single vineyard “field blend” of two of the most underrated white varieties in the country, Riesling and Semillon.

The two varieties are dry grown side by side on a tiny vineyard in the Blewitt Springs sub-region of McLaren Vale. They're picked on the same day, basket pressed and co-fermented in old French barriques. These two varieties strike a remarkable balance and harmony.

It's the ultimate summer wine, refreshing and mouth wateringly delightful. It'll keep you coming back for more.

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
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From The Producer

A ‘field blend’ is an ensemble of different grapes from one vineyard block that are picked on the same day and fermented together, making a unique wine of place or a ‘vin de terroir’. Our version is from a sandy, elevated site along the far eastern foothills of the Blewitt Springs sub-region in McLaren Vale. Here one acre of Riesling (70%) and Semillon (30%), planted in 1975 by a German farmer, grow cheek by jowl. Picked on the same day, these unusual bedmates spend a couple days on skins together before being basket pressed then co-fermented wild in trusty French barriques. This bright white wine has all the emerald exuberance of Riesling cut with the lemony flesh of Semillon. Great summer drinking, and a riot with oysters, we are proud that this wine tastes like a true coastal white; its origins a mere 20 km from the Gulf of St. Vincent.

Blend : Riesling (70%), Semillon (30%)
ABV : 13.50%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2025
Bottle Size : 750ml

ZBO fermenting wild in Brad
ZBO fermenting wild in Brad's clay amphora
McLaren Vale, SA
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Critic Reviews

97Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"It took me a while to get my head around these bedfellows, planted – serendipitously as it turns out – alongside each other. I can only conclude that this wine is venerable. Stunning, even. Perhaps I was falling into the dull trap of seeking varietal personality when, in fact, this is all about place and a courageous textural interplay, from grainy truffled lees traits, to candied quince, rooibos and lemon-peel skinsy chutney, a staining degree of briny salinity and Blewitt Springs sandiness. The breadth of well-positioned oak, too. This drinks and feels like a top expression from the Loire, with an ersatz manzanilla-meets-maritime veil. Formidably long, moreish and extremely impressive. Wow!" - Ned Goodwin MW (Halliday Wine Companion)

91Points
The Wine Front

"This one has some puppy fat and softness to it but doesn’t miss the appealing chalky element and slight roughage to the chew of the wine. Scents of lime, brown and fresh, flavours similar and there’s some slate-ish minerally notes and fennel-like greenery in the wine too. It’s delicious, drinks a charm and feels at once sunny in disposition as well as serious, albeit the energy is a little low this release." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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Why isn't this blend seen more often

Don't think I've ever seen a riesling semillon blend before but have had a lot of their other wines and never been disappointed. Make sure you don't chill this too much - should be cool not cold or you'll lose most of what makes it great!

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Interesting. Delicious

I’ve bought a few vintages of this wine and it’s always been great. 2020 is the best to date.

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