Brash Higgins 2018 ‘CINS’ Cinsault


Made from a block of Cinsault vines which we grafted to a former Semillon patch at neighbouring Lennon Vineyard in 2013. Vinted from hand selected fruit and placed in an open 2 ton fermenter for 2 weeks. Wild yeast did their job and then it all was gently basket pressed and sent to veteran French hogsheads for 9 months. 2018 in the Vale is considered a strong vintage resulting in balanced wines with finesse, spice and, for us, lower alcohol levels. This is the second vintage of CINS made at the Brash Higgins winery.

‘Translucent purple in hue, the nose is cherry starburst with notes of blood orange zest, ginger, nutmeg and white pepper. The palate is medium bodied, well-balanced and vibrant, the tannins integrated, and the finish is refreshing; laden with interweaving cherry, ginger and white pepper notes. ‘ – Brad Hickey, Vinitor, 12 December 2018.


Additional information
Harvest date: April 3, 2018 Hand selected
Grower: Michael Lennon
Geology: Red clay loam over limestone
Planted: Grafted 2014 single cordon
Viticulture: Sustainable
Fermenter type: Open
Cap management: Hand plunged two times daily
Days on skins: 16
Time in oak: 9 months
Oak origin: French
Oak age: 100% 8 year old
Bottling date Dec 7, 2018
Closure: Stelvin +
pH 3.55, TA 5.4 g/l, Alc 11.6%

125 dozen

Price: $37 per bottle

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