Brash Higgins 2014 ‘R/SM’ Riesling/Semillon Field Blend


A ‘field blend’ is an ensemble of different grapes from one vineyard block that are picked on the same day and fermented together, thus making a unique wine of place or a ‘vin de terroir’. Our version is from an elevated site along the Kangarilla foothills of McLaren Vale where one acre of Riesling (65%) and Semillon (35%), unusual bedmates, grow cheek by jowl. Picked on the same day, basket-pressed together then co-fermented wild in two trusty barriques, only 660 bottles of this fresh white wine were made from the stellar 2014 vintage.

‘Star bright in colour with a clear straw/green tinge. The nose is like a sea breeze, thanks to the ancient 40 million year old sandy soils, with hints of lime blossom, pineapple, and oyster liquor. A refreshing rush of minerality keeps things taut on the palate; textured layers of salinity and citrus intermingle followed by a laser beam of tangy, margarita pucker. This field blend has all the emerald exuberance of Riesling cut with the lemony flesh of Semillon. A light filtration was implemented to retain flavour/texture; ergo, a harmless sediment may exist.’ – Brad Hickey, Vinitor, October 20, 2014.


Additional information:
Harvest date: March 7, 2014 Hand selected
Vineyard: Saddlebags Hill Vnyd, Blewitt Springs
Grower: Adrian Scott
Geology: North Maslin Sands over ironstone
Irrigation: Dry Grown
Altitude: 250 metres above sea level
Planted: 1975 on RWT Trellising
Fermenter type: neutral oak barriques
Time in oak: 4 months
Oak origin: French
Oak age: 100% 6 year 
Bottling date: October 15, 2014
Filtration: Coarse pad
Closure: Stelvin +
pH 3.20, TA 6.9g/l, alc 12.6%

55 cases

Price: $37 per bottle, $222 per 6 bottle case

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