Brash Higgins 2017 ‘FRNC’ Cabernet Franc


Our fourth Cabernet Franc, 100% grown from a neighbouring vineyard planted in 2001 and made at Brash HQ. Vintage 2017 provided good growing conditions, relatively cool 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. Like a lot of the 2017’s, alcohol levels were lower,
with the FRNC at 11.9%

“A translucent ruby/violet in colour. The nose is lifted, aromatic, complex with jalapeno chilli and a roasted, sweet charred green capsicum nose, violet leaf. There is pepper, cedar, 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, January 27, 2018.


Additional Information
Harvest date: Feb 29, 2017
Vineyard: Sommerville Vnyd, McLaren Vale, Malpas Road and Pethick
Grower: Peter Sommerville
Planted: 2001
Soil: Cracking black clay
Viticulture: Sustainable/Conventional
Fermenter type: open one ton, wild yeast
Maceration: five weeks
Cap Management: hand plunged once daily
Time in oak: Eight months
Oak origin/age: 100% French, eight year old hogsheads
Bottled: Nov 4, 2016
Filtration: yes
Closure: Stelvin
pH 3.65, TA 5.79 g/l, alc 11.9%

495 cases

Price: $30 per bottle, $360 per twelve bottle case

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