Brash Higgins 2020 ‘FRNC’ Cabernet Franc
Our sixth Cabernet Franc, we skipped 2019, 100% grown from a neighbouring vineyard planted in 1982 and made at Brash HQ. Vintage 2020 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 violet leaf, red and blue fruit, yet not vegetal at all. There is pepper, ashes, rose petals, mulberry; 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 20, 2020.
Harvest date: March 13, 2020
Vineyard: Clos Antonio Lamento, McLaren Vale, Main Road
Grower: Chalk Hill Viticulture- Vigena
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: October 19, 2020
pH 3.7, TA 4.9 g/l, alc 14%
Price: $30 per bottle, $360 per twelve bottle case