About The Pack
Brad Hickey was one of the first to push boundaries and challenge perceptions of what wine could look like in McLaren Vale.
His use of terracotta amphora, wild ferments, and left-of-centre varieties made his wines stand out from the pack from day one. No doubt inspiring plenty of the new colour we see in the region today. For these reason and many more, Brad is one of our favourite McLaren Vale producers, with some of our favourite wines.
We will be chatting to Brad LIVE on instagram from 8:00pm on Thursday 4th November and tasting these two signature wines. Join us for the broadcast and taste along with us!
2021 Brash Higgins ZBO Zibibbo
Brad Hickey’s love for the weird and wonderful in the world of wine seems to know no bounds. And his ‘ZBO’ (Zibibbo Amphora) is as weird and wonderful as they come.
For those unfamiliar with Zibibbo, it is an ancient member of the muscat family, originating in the Mediterranean which has found a new home in South Australia. The fruit for this is sourced from Ricca Terra Farms in the warm and sunny Riverland. But what really distinguishes this wine is the winemaking behind it: the giant golf ball sized berries are hand-picked and destemmed into 200l clay amphorae eggs where the wine sits on skins for 6 months.
It's a cloudy, unique wine, but incredibly well executed. Brad picked a little earlier this year so it's a little tighter than past releases but no less interesting. Interesting and delicious, that’s this ‘ZBO’.Read more about 2021 Brash Higgins ZBO Zibibbo
2019 Brash Higgins NDV Nero D'Avola
The NDV is considered by many to be the premier Nero d'Avola in Australia. With a string of sensational releases under his belt, Brad Hickey has elevated this humble Sicilian variety to a new level in Australia over the years since his first release.
Hickey makes his Nero in an authentic, Sicilian style - full of spice, tannin and energy. It's naturally fermented with wild yeasts in a bees-wax lined clay amphora. The constant search for freshness, drive and detail in this oft-times simple and smashable variety is what sets the Brash Higgins NDV apart.
It's a unique and slightly wild-eyed wine, but one that has become something of a benchmark for the variety.
Absolutely worth trying if you are being enchanted by the rise of Italian varieties on Australian shores!Read more about 2019 Brash Higgins NDV Nero D'Avola