Brash Higgins 2018 ‘SHZ’ Shiraz

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Made from 21 year old shiraz vines grown at the Organic Brash Higgins estate Omensetter Vineyard. 2018 in the Vale is solid year, even after a very damaging hailstorm in November reduced the yield by 20%. The result of this hail haircut resulted in even more fruit intensity from the surviving grapes. Vinted from hand selected fruit, 20% whole bunch, and sent to open one ton fermenters for 3 weeks. Wild yeast did their job and then it all was gently basket pressed and sent to a mix of new and older French hogsheads for 20 months.

‘A wine built for the ages: the nose of the Brash SHZ is brooding with black plums, chorizo, blood orange zest, spicy paprika, nutmeg and liquorice. There’s a sweet earthy note that is typical of Omensetter Vineyard’s red clay. The palate is generous, well-balanced and smooth, the tannins integrated, and the finish long with complex, interweaving berry and spice notes.’ – Brad Hickey, Vinitor, 10 November 2020.

 

Additional information
Harvest date: February 16, 2018
Grower: Brash Higgins-Estate grown on Omensetter
Geology: Red clay loam over limestone
Planted: 1997 double cordon
Viticulture: Organic
Fermenter type: Open
Cap management: Hand plunged two times daily
Days on skins: 21
Whole bunch: 25%
Time in oak: 20 months
Oak origin: French
Oak age: 15% new, 55% 2-4 year, 30% older
Bottling date January 1, 2020
Filtration: Coarse Regimesh
Closure: Stelvin +
100% Shiraz from Omensetter Vineyard
pH 3.69, TA 6.81 g/l, Alc 14.5%

260 cases 750ml

Price: $42 per bottle, $252 per 6 bottle case