Brash Higgins 2020 ‘CHN’ Chenin Blanc


Our sixth single vineyard Chenin Blanc at Brash Higgins. Willamba Hill is a relatively steep, south facing 31 year old vineyard in the Blewitt Springs sub region of McLaren Vale. Overlaid with the deep white beach sands distinctive to Blewitt Springs, we attempt to capture some of the salinity and marine fossil notes from the sandy, coastal soils, thus transporting you to the oceanside with each whiff and taste. Blewitt Springs geology begins 50 million years ago at the mouth of what is now Maslin Beach (Australia’s first unclad beach) and runs some 30km Eastward up to the foothills of the Adelaide Hills. The grapes are fermented wild in neutral French barriques for 10 months to help accentuate this maritime effect and to build texture.  Only 125 cases of this dry style CHN Chenin Blanc were produced.

The CHN 2020 label is a detail from an oil on linen painting by the gifted Sydney artist, Alesandro Ljubicic, called “Try To Be A Rainbow To Someone’s Cloud” @alesandroljubicic

‘A pale straw in hue, the wine is heady with Chenin perfume of honey, straw, celery, real lemonade and water chestnut. Soft entry with trim acidity, the wine tightens as it flows across the tongue revealing a lick of saline and oyster shell. Good natural acidity with a delicate chalky, lemon pucker and notes of liquorice on the finish that pull you back for another look.’ – Brad Hickey, Vinitor, 09 August 2021.


Additional information
Harvest date: February 17, 2020
Hand picked
Vineyard: Willamba Hill Vineyard, Blewitt Springs
Grower: Dr. Grantly Gill
Viticulture: Sustainable
Geology: North Maslin Sands over ironstone/clay
Irrigation: Drip Irrigation
Altitude: 250 metres above sea level
Planted: 1990 on single cordon trellising
Days on skins: 2-3
Fermenter type: White Burgundy Barrel
Time in oak: 10 months
Oak origin: French
Oak age: 100% 6 year
Bottling date Jan 10, 2021
Closure: Stelvin +
100% Chenin Blanc
pH 3.51, TA 5.95 g/l, Alc 11.5%

125 cases

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

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