2021 Brash Higgins CBSV Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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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.

95 points
"A fulsome wine to chew on. Contemplative as much for its thrilling complexity, as for its capacity to eclipse preconceptions of warmer climate cabernet with energy and guile, shot across the floral attack, evergreen mid-palate and toothsome wet tannin finish...Excellent wine, moreish and nourishing."
- Ned Goodwin MW (James Suckling)

The 2021 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. 2021 was a superb year, lovely warm days and cool nights yielded grapes of excellent balance and freshness. A touch longer elevage than usual, 20 mos, allowed the tannins to soften and the wine is ultra juicy as a a result.

‘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 fresh with the earthy sweetness of roast capsicum, violets, licorice, Earl Grey and the acidity of rhubarb. The dark lusciousness of black currants make the offering layered and complex; the 2021 finishes with lovely sweet notes as well as that typical cabernet tannin keeping the wine taut.’ – Brad Hickey, Vinitor, January 2023.

Additional information
Harvest date: March 15, 2021 Hand selected
Grower: Brash Higgins-Estate grown on Omensetter
Geology: Pirramimma Sandstone over limestone
Planted: 1997 double cordon
Viticulture: Organic Certified
Fermenter type: Open
Cap management: Hand plunged two times daily
Days on skins: 13
Time in oak: 20 months
Oak origin: French
Oak age: 20% new, 40% 1-3 year, 40% older
Bottling date: Oct 28, 2022
Filtration: Coarse
Closure: Stelvin +
100% Cabernet from Omensetter Vineyard
pH 3.7, TA 6.7 g/l, Alc 14.8%

210 cases

95 Points - "A fulsome wine to chew on. Contemplative as much for its thrilling complexity, as for its capacity to eclipse preconceptions of warmer climate cabernet with energy and guile, shot across the floral attack, evergreen mid-palate and toothsome wet tannin finish. This transcends obvious varietal traits with a long drag on sea spray and dried kelp, a stone's throw away on the Vale shore. A prodigious licorice strap finale. Excellent wine, moreish and nourishing. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold. Screw cap." - Ned Goodwin MW (James Suckling)

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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