Brash Higgins 2018 ‘GR/M’ Grenache/Mataro Biodynamic

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Two parcels of Grenache and Mataro from a Biodynamically farmed site at Yangarra Estate in the distinctive sandy soils of Blewitt Springs were hand-picked on the same day and co-fermented using wild yeast in an open fermenter for 2 weeks. The 18 vintage was warm, thus this is warm, soulful drop.  Ten months in trusty French puncheons further forged the fine red berry tones of Grenache (70%) with the savoury spice of Mataro (30%). This is the second time we used whole bunches in the Mataro, and the wine shows wonderful grip and an engaging  spicy edge because of it. 

‘Pretty nose, floral and sweet fruited. Notes of feijoa, orange peel and spice from the Mataro co-mingles nicely with the lively, bright red fruited Grenache. Medium bodied with dusty tannins, the GR/M strikes a nice counterbalance between the openly fruity nature of Grenache and the darker, more brooding nature of Mataro.’ – Brad Hickey, Vinitor, November 1, 2019.

 

Additional information
Harvest date: March 11, 2018
Handpicked
Vineyards: Upper Blewitt Springs Sand
1.5 tons Grenache-destemmed
0.5 tons Mataro-whole bunch
Grower: Yangarra Estate, Blewitt Springs
Viticulture: Biodynamic Certified
Fermenter type: Open, wild yeast, co-ferment, whole cluster Mataro covered by whole berry Grenache
Cap management: Hand plunged once daily
Days on skins: 20
Time in oak: 10 months
Oak origin: French
Oak age: 100% 6 year Puncheons
Bottling date: January 20, 2019
Closure: Stelvin +
pH 3.8, TA 5.5 g/L, alc 14.9%

190 cases

Price: $39 per bottle, $234 per 6 bottle case