The Omensetter Vineyard
Row 64 of the Omensetter Vineyard, mid-slope, planted to shiraz for the SHZ
The fruit for the Brash Higgins NDV, SHZ and CBSV is 100% sourced from Brad and Nicole's Omensetter Vineyard.
Planted in 1997, the vineyard sits on a great patch of dirt on the south-western lip of McLaren Vale, situated on seven hectares of red-brown clay over limestone (Ngaltinga Formation and Pirramimma Sandstone) with an eastern sloping aspect, offering grand views to the Willunga Escarpment and Gulf of St. Vincent.
The clay and sandstone soils provide excellent drainage as well as good water retention. The vineyard is hand pruned in winter and sustainably farmed throughout the growing season. It is irrigated only when necessary by a drought-fighting recharge bore. The cooling Gulf breezes keep disease pressure to a minimum and the acidity levels balanced in the fruit.
Four hectares are given over to shiraz (clones BVRC 12 and 32) and two to cabernet sauvignon (Reynella clone).
Sicilian red variety nero d'Avola (clone Matura 1 grafted to own rootstock shiraz) makes up the final hectare of the vineyard. The first harvest of nero d'Avola was in 2011. Each harvest, the juice from the grapes is matured on its skins and seeds to express as much of the vineyard as possible. The young wine stays like this for seven months in 200 litre clay amphoras hand created for the winery by Adelaide master potter, John Bennett, from local clay soils very similar to Omensetter.