Brash Higgins 2017 ‘CHN’ Chenin Blanc
Our third Chenin Blanc at Brash Higgins, and we couldn’t be happier with the result. Handpicked from the white beach sands of the Blewitt Springs subregion of McLaren Vale, then fermented wild in barrel for 11 months. Only 255 cases of this crisp, dry style CHN were produced. 2017 was a cooler year and this wine in particular has some lovely, balanced acidity as a result.
The CHN label is a photo of ballerinas from the Australia Ballet by Melbourne based photographer Kate Longley. Click here to see more of her work.
‘A sunny yellow in hue, the wine is heady with Chenin perfume of honey, straw, apples, real lemonade and water chestnut. Soft entry with good palate weight, the wine tightens as it flows across the tongue revealing a lick of saline and almost crackles a bit. Good natural acidity with a chalky pucker on the finish make a second approach all the more appealing.’ – Brad Hickey, Vinitor, 01 June 2018.
Harvest date: February 1, 2017 Hand picked
Vineyard: Willamba Hill Vineyard, Blewitt Springs
Grower: Dr. Grantly Gill
Geology: North Maslin Sands over ironstone/clay
Irrigation: Drip Irrigation
Altitude: 250 metres above sea level
Planted: 1997 on single cordon trellising
Days on skins: 2
Fermenter type: White Burgundy Barrel
Time in oak: 11 months
Oak origin: French
Oak age: 100% 6 year
Bottling date April 2018
Closure: Stelvin +
100% Chenin Blanc
pH 3.3, TA 7.34 g/l, Alc 12%
Price: $39 per bottle, $468 per 12 bottle case