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Brash Higgins ZBO Zibibbo 2017 (Orange)

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Zibibbo is an ancient, aromatic white grape from the Muscat family grown in the warmth of the Mediterranean and South Australia. From fruit grown at Ricca Terra Farms in the sunny Riverland, the varietal was chosen for its potential to develop length and complexity from longer skin contact, the wine is fruity yet bone dry; reminiscent of something from Alice in Wonderland, where things aren't always as they seem.


Hand picked,  the golf ball sized, bronze fruit was destemmed into waiting terracotta amphorae. A wild ferment ensued with the caps hand plunged twice daily until the ferment finished and the skins sank into the wine.  The skins, seeds and juice remained covered in situ for six months. A natural FLOR layer of yeast volunteers itself and covers and helps protect the wine. The 'free run' was siphoned off in spring and combined with the pressings. The wine settles before being racked and sent to bottle unfiltered and unfined.


'Cloudy and a diaphanous, pale gold in appearance. The wine is dry yet exudes tantalising herbal, spice and stone fruit aromas. Complex nose of apricot, graphite/pencil shavings, cut ginger, cloves, ginseng, white pepper, Belgian white ale, and wild honey leaps from the glass. On the palate, the wine has a soft entry but with good grip, an earthy sweet chalk/clay element with notes of lemon oil, tangerines, tea and cinnamon apples.' – Brad Hickey, Vinitor, January 2, 2018.

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‘Brash Higgins’ might as easily be the title of a picaresque novel as a wine label. The road bringing Brash’s creator, Brad Hickey, to the rich terroir of his Omensetter Vineyard winds through two decades in virtually every aspect of food and wine across four continents. After completing a degree in English Literature and Botany in 1989, Brad left his hometown of Chicago to make the world his wilderness. He landed in Paris where he quickly learnt that soaking up the language, wine and fine French sauces doesn’t come cheap; he funded these pursuits and a burgeoning wanderlust by going straight to the source – working in restaurants and vineyards. Upon his return to the US, Brad was attracted to the artisanal vibe of the Pacific Northwest and made Portland, Oregon his home. There he expanded his hands-on botanical interests developed abroad by designing landscapes, brewing beer and baking bread. It was an idyllic time. However, the lure of life in the big city loomed large, and in August 1996 Brad made the cross-country drive eastward to New York City. As an aspiring food writer in NYC, Brad hit on a perfect format to express himself and pay the rent – composing restaurant wine lists. After 10 solid years he was the first US sommelier to work under French culinary genius Daniel Boulud, at Cafe Boulud, and then to the role of wine director for four years at world renowned chef David Bouley’s duo of two Michelin-starred restaurants, Bouley and Danube. Inevitably, Brad broke with the hustle and bustle of the New York fine dining scene and hit the road to understand, from the ground up, the enigma behind the bottles which reach the table. This quest brought Brad to South Australia in 2007 to work vintage at the invitation of winemaker Chris Ringland. Here, a new chapter began with the conception of the alias ‘Brash Higgins’; a nickname swiftly bestowed by Aussie friends on the bright-eyed and brash New Yorker. Brad stayed off the radar just long enough to prune after vintage, fall in love with McLaren Vale, and, ultimately, with local vigneron, Nicole Thorpe. Together they own and care for Omensetter Vineyard. The odyssey has become a special kind of love story. - Winery Note

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Volume (ml)750ml
Winemaking PracticesMinimal Intervention
Vineyard PracticesOrganic/Biodynamic
Product typeWine White Other Varietal/Blends
Vintage2017
CountryAustralia
RegionSouth Australia
Sub-RegionRiverland

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