Brash Higgins 2016 ‘FRNC’ Cabernet Franc
Our third Cabernet Franc, 100% grown from a neighbouring vineyard planted in 2001 and made at Brash HQ. Vintage 2016 provided good growing conditions for Cab Franc with an even season punctuated by small berry set. 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 with jalapeno chilli and a roasted, sweet charred green capsicum nose, like chilli rellenos from a Mexican bodega, violet leaf. There is pepper, cedar, meat, ashes, rose petals, earthy fragrances like piles of leaves in autumn, exactly what this vineyard smells like after a summer rain. Balanced, vibrant, medium bodied, the wine has a satiny, svelte mouth feel and a long smooth finish with grip.”-Brad Hickey, Vinitor, November 27, 2016.
Harvest date: Feb 22, 2016
Vineyard: Sommerville Vnyd, McLaren Vale, Malpas Road and Pethick
Grower: Peter Sommerville
Soil: Cracking black clay
Fermenter type: open one ton, wild yeast
Maceration: five weeks
Cap Management: hand plunged once daily
Time in oak: EightÂ months
Oak origin/age: 100% French, eight year old hogsheads
Bottled: Nov 4, 2016
pH 3.65, TA 5.79 g/l, alc 13.8%
Price: $30 per bottle, $180 per six bottle case