Brash Higgins Nero d’Avola won the prestigious “Rule Breaker” award at the SA Hot 100 wine show last week in Adelaide. The grapes, grown on our estate vineyard, spend 180 days on skins in locally made amphora. Bright and jubilant, it’s a great example of the new wine style that’s sweeping the nation. Here’s the…

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Episode 335 of I’ll Drink to That! was released recently. It features Brad Hickey, who is the winemaker of the Brash Higgins winery in the McLaren Vale of Australia. Full interview here or http://illdrinktothatpod.com/ Some words on the interview by Alder Yarrow: “This is an interview in two parts, really. In the first half of…

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Couple of strong write ups for the Brash Higgins 2016 ‘MRLO’ Merlot, a wine we take very seriously and love for its quirky personality. Raised in Amphora, the wine delights and surprises. Mike Bennie at The Wine Front says: “This is a merlot with a lot of charisma, and quite a unique flavour profile, done right…All seductive charm here.…

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Mike Bennie, esteemed wine writer for The Wine Front, recently took a look at the new Brash whites for 2016 in Sydney and liked what he tasted. All four releases received 91 or higher points, with the R/SM riesling/semillon and ZBO zibibbo scoring 93+ and 94 respectively, both new highs for the wines. Here are the…

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“A lesson for many a winemaker around the world” is what Jancis Robinson said about the 2015 Brash Higgins ZBO. The whole tasting note reads, “Big and bold and satisfying from grapes that you could hardly give away in the past. Skin contact has given this wine real energy. A lesson for many a winemaker around the…

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Qantas Inflight magazine recommends the Brash ZBO Zibibbo in its April edition. Written by wine writer Peter Bourne, the article explores the “Orange” wine craze which is sweeping the nation. Orange wines are white wines made like reds, meaning the skins stay in the fermenter a lot longer than normal to make wines with more tannin and complexity than…

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Wine writer Dave Brookes gave the Brash 2014 “NDV” Nero d’Avola a good look recently and liked what he saw in this weekend’s Adelaide Review: “Bruised red/purple in the glass, there’s a sense of earthy wildness to its aromas. Scents of rich black and dark fruits certainly, but it shows exotic souk-like spice notes along with hints of dried tangerine…

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The Brash Higgins‘ 2015 “ZBO” Zibibbo is off and running, again,with a super healthy, natural wild ferment. 2015 wines all look great, with all the fruit now in the winery and happy as Larry, as they say here. A great feeling, and a couple new things on deck, as well. BH

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Nicole diligently hand pressing our amphora raised Zibibbo thru a screen last week. Takes a lot of time, but it’s the gentlest way I know to press skins. Especially skins that have been soaking in wine for 6 months. 14 ZBO release expected before Christmas 2014. BH

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As Winter winds down, it’s time to wake the hibernating nero d’avola occupying our amphora. Sucking out the dark nero juice is just the first step, it smells amazing. The sucking is followed by pressing all the skins left behind. It is truly fun for the whole family and occupies two full days. After which…

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Two of the oldest arts known to man, winemaking and pottery, intersect with the Brash Higgins Amphora Project. Watch Adelaide potter John Bennett’s hands as he smooths the final ropes of clay to an amphora destined to house one of the BH amphora wines. Visit the potter at www.bennettsmagillpottery.com.au

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Brash Higgins’ second vintage of ZBO zibibbo fruit is here and nestled safely into their locally made amphora. Much like our NDV nero d’Avola, Brash Higgins is super stoked to be the first to raise this crazy white grape variety in amphora in Australia. Must be tasted to be believed.

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The first Brash Amphora white has been released this week; just in time before Christmas feasts and celebrations. 100% Zibibbo was fermented on skins in our amphora for 5 months before being bottled in early December. A definite “Alice in Wonderland” wine where things don’t always seem to be as they are. Perfect match with…

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Leading up to vintage is always time to perform routine and, in this case, not so normal maintenance to get things ready for vintage. This week Brash was busy in our warm shed lining the bottoms of our amphora with molten bees wax to protect them from moisture. Bring on V2014. BH

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by Brash Higgins As vintage 2013 approaches, Brash Higgins is getting some extra amphorae made for the winery by Bennett’s Magill pottery in Adelaide. Our nero d’Avola calls these vessels home for 7 months; wonder what sort of tenants we will have this year? Stay tuned… Visit www.facebook.com/BrashHigginsWine for more thrills-a-minute info. BH

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