Brash Higgins 2021 ‘FRNC’ Cabernet Franc
Our seventh Cabernet Franc, we skipped 2019, 100% grown from a neighbouring vineyard planted in 2001 and made at Brash HQ. Vintage 2021 provided good growing conditions with an even season punctuated by small berry set. Yields were quite low for this vineyard and we only made 100 cases. The idea for this FRNC was to focus on the aromatics and delicacy of the fruit.
“A translucent violet in colour. The nose is lifted, aromatic, brooding 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, deep, the wine has a satiny, svelte mouth feel and a long smooth finish with grip.”-Brad Hickey, Vinitor, March 30, 2022.
Harvest date: Feb 24, 2021
Vineyard: Clos Antonio Lamento, McLaren Vale, Malpas Road
Soil: Cracking black clay
Fermenter type: open one ton, wild yeast
Maceration: five weeks
Cap Management: hand plunged twice daily
Time in oak: Eight months
Oak origin/age: 100% French, eight year old hogsheads
Bottled: January 19, 2022
pH 3.5, TA 6.9 g/l, alc 13.5%
Price: $37 per bottle, $444 per twelve bottle case