Brash Higgins 2022 ‘FRNC’ Cabernet Franc
Our eigth Cabernet Franc, we skipped 2019, 100% grown from a neighbouring vineyard planted in 2001 and made at Brash HQ. Vintage 2022 provided top growing conditions with an even season punctuated by small berry set. Yields were quite low for this vineyard and we only made 180 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 violet leaf, red and blue fruit, jalapeno and pencil shavings. There is roasted bell pepper, ashes, rose petals, mulberry; exactly what this vineyard smells like after a summer rain. Balanced and crisp, the wine has a bright, pure mouth feel and a long smooth finish with grip.”-Brad Hickey, Vinitor, January 10, 2023.
Harvest date: Feb 24, 2022
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 3.4, TA 6.1 g/l, alc 12.8%
Price: $37 per bottle, $444 per twelve bottle case