Brash Higgins 2018 ‘R/SM’ Riesling/Semillon


A ‘field blend’ is an ensemble of different grapes from one vineyard block that are picked on the same day and fermented together, making a unique wine of place or a ‘vin de terroir’. Our version is from an elevated site along the Kangarilla foothills of McLaren Vale where one acre of Riesling (65%) and Semillon (35%), unusual bedmates, grow cheek by jowl. Picked on the same day, basket-pressed together then co-fermented wild in trusty barriques, this bright white wine has all the limey pucker and saline lift of a fresh margarita. Great summer drinking and a riot with oysters. We are proud that this wine tastes like the place from where it comes, 20 km from the Gulf of St. Vincent, a true coastal white.

‘Star bright in colour with a clear straw/green tinge. The nose is like a sea breeze through a lime orchard, thanks to the sandy, marine fossil laden soils, with hints of lime blossom, and oyster liquor. Feels and tastes like a seaside wine, which it is, thankfully. A refreshing rush of minerality keeps things taut on the palate; textured layers of salinity and lime intermingle followed by a laser beam of tangy, margarita pucker. This field blend has all the emerald exuberance of Riesling cut with the lemony flesh of Semillon.’ – Brad Hickey, Vinitor, January 2, 2019.


Additional information

Harvest date: Feb 27, 2018
Hand picked
Vineyard: Saddlebags Hill Vnyd, Blewitt Springs
Grower: Adrian Scott
Viticulture: Sustainable
Geology: North Maslin Sands over ironstone
Irrigation: Dry Grown
Altitude: 250 metres above sea level
Planted: 1975 on RWT Trellising
Fermenter type: white Burgundy barrels
Time in oak: 11 months
Oak origin: French
Oak age: 100% 5 year 
Bottling date: Feb 21, 2019
Filtration: Coarse
Closure: Stelvin +
pH 3.31, TA 6.3 g/l, alc 13.5%

90 cases 

Price: $39 per bottle, $468 per 12 bottle case

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