Brash Higgins 2015 ‘FRNC’ Cabernet Franc
Our second Cabernet Franc, 100% grown from a neighbouring vineyard planted in 2001 and made at Brash HQ. Vintage 2015 provided ideal growing conditions for Cab Franc with an even season after a dry, hot start. The idea for this FRNC was to focus on the aromatics and delicacy of the fruit, making it an ease to drink but still complex, age worthy.
“A translucent ruby/violet in colour. The nose is lifted, aromatic, complex; definitely cabernet family, with jalapeno chilli and a roasted, sweet charred green capsicum nose, almost toffee-like, like chilli rellenos from a Mexican bodega, violetÂ leaf. There is pepper, cedar, meat, ashes, rose petals, earthy fragrances like piles of leaves in autumn, some tarry nebbiolo characters. Balanced, vibrant, medium bodied, the wine has a satiny and svelte mouth feel and a long smooth finish with grip.”- Brad Hickey, Vinitor, November 27, 2015.
Harvest date: Feb 26, 2015
Vineyard: Sommerville Vnyd, McLaren Vale, Malpas Road and Pethick
Grower: Peter Sommerville
Soil: Cracking black clay
Fermenter type: open one ton, wild yeast
Maceration: Six weeks
Cap Management: hand plunged once daily
Time in oak: Nine months
Oak origin/age: 100% French, six year old hogsheads
Bottled: Nov 27, 2015
pH 3.65, TA 6.4 g/l, alc 13.6%
Price: $30 per bottle, $180 per six bottle case