Brash Higgins 2022 ‘FRNC’ Cabernet Franc-Sands Vnyd
Our eigth Cabernet Franc, we skipped 2019, 100% grown from a sand dune along a high ridge, made at Brash HQ. Vintage 2022 provided top growing conditions with an even season punctuated by small berry set. Yields were quite good for this vineyard and we made 380 cases. The idea for this FRNC was to focus on the aromatics and vibrancy of the fruit.
“A translucent violet in colour. The nose is lifted, aromatic, brooding with jalapeno and alpine herbs. There is roasted bell pepper, violets, ashes, rose petals, mulberry on the palate. Balanced and deep, the wine has a bright, pure mouth feel and a long smooth finish with grip.”-Brad Hickey, Vinitor, August 10, 2023.
Harvest date: March 1, 2022
Vineyard: Sands, McLaren Flat, Foggo Road
Grower: Martin Lightfoot
Soil: Cracking black clay
Fermenter type: open one ton, wild yeast
Maceration: five weeks
Cap Management: hand plunged twice daily
Time in oak: Fifteen months
Oak origin/age: 100% French, eight year old hogsheads
Bottled: August 19, 2023
pH 3.5, TA 6.4 g/l, alc 13.7%
Price: $35 per bottle, $444 per twelve bottle case