Brash Higgins 2022 ‘RIPPLE’ Carbonic Nero/ Cabernet-Organic

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There’s a story behind this wine, our first foray into legit carbonic maceration. A fellow winemaker, Tom Colman, pulled me aside after a long consumer tasting in Sydney and said, “Brash, you should pick some whole bunch Cab Sav and flood it with Nero juice and let it ferment”. I was intrigued and it haunted me. Why was I the one to which he chose to speak these mysterious words?

Two years later in 2020 we gave it a go. This wine, the 2022, is made from freshly picked, destemmed Cab Sav grapes which were quickly pressed. The juice from the press was channeled into a half ton bin full of waiting whole cluster Nero d’Avola. All the juice covered the Nero grapes and their stems, submerging the clusters completely. The idea is that the sugar in the Nero berries, starved of oxygen, will ferment inside their little berry bodies and create a lighter, slightly confectionary flavour profile. My trusty pal, Q Wine from Queensland, who worked harvest with me in 2020, said it smelled like strawberry ripple ice cream, and we were off! And then there’s the great song “Ripple” by the Grateful Dead. And then there’s also the wine from the 70’s in the US called Ripple which was, well, meant for the youth of America, believe it or not. But perhaps it’s the idea of ripples themselves, waves of ideas forever radiating outwards…cause and effect into eternity… All the fruit for the ensuing wine was handpicked off our organic Omensetter Estate Vineyard.

“Translucent garnet hue with a nose redolent of summer berries and candied wild strawberries with a touch of hedgerow, or, as wine scribe Ned Goodwin MW puts it, the “verdant echo”. On the palate medium bodied and juicy with powdery red fruits and enough tannin and acidity to pull and keep it all taut.” Brad Hickey, Vinitor, Sept 1, 2022

 

Additional Information:
Harvest: March 13, 2022
Vineyard: Omensetter Vineyard, Certified Organic
Grower: Brash Higgins
Planted: Nero d’Avola 2013, Cabernet 1997
Soil Type: Ngaltinga Formation; Red Clay Over Limestone
Viticulture: Organic Certified
Fermenter Type: Half Ton Nally Bin
Maceration: one week semi carbonic
Primary Fermentation: 12 days
Barrel: Ten Year Old French puncheon
Time in Barrel: 6 months
Bottled: August 2021
Blend: 50% Nero, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon
Filtration: Coarse
Closure: Stelvin screwcap
pH 3.4, TA 5.8 g/l, ALC 13%

100 Dozen

Price: $35 per bottle

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