Brash Higgins 2018 ‘FRNC’ Cabernet Franc
Our fifth Cabernet Franc, 100% grown from a neighbouring vineyard planted in 2001 and made at Brash HQ. Vintage 2018 provided good growing conditions 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 a breeze 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, 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, October 27, 2019.
Harvest date: Feb 19, 2018
Vineyard: Clos Antonio Lamento, McLaren Vale, Malpas Road
Soil: Cracking black clay
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: August 4, 2019
pH 3.65, TA 5.79 g/l, alc 13.9%
Price: $30 per bottle, $360 per twelve bottle case