Brash Higgins 'GR/M', Grenache Mataro, McLaren Vale, Australia 2017

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Brash Higgins 'GR/M', Grenache Mataro, McLaren Vale, Australia 2017

24.95

Only lightly aromatic, but proper, old-school Grenache and Mataro flavours on the palate, with a nod towards Chateauneuf-du-Pape (the pale Rayas style), but maybe more the lighter style of Grenache that you find in the Gredos Mountains of Spain. You can taste strawberry and plum as well as a lovely impression of warm earth, as if the soil is still clinging to the fruit. It’s certainly not a big Australian bruiser, the colour is translucent, the texture is silky and the tannins are supple and fine. If you are looking for a soft-bodied red wine to go with spicy food, then give this a try. 13% alc. Drink now-2024.

Winemaker’s note:

“Two parcels of Grenache and Mataro from a Biodynamically farmed site in the distinctive sandy soils of Blewitt Springs were hand-picked on the same day and co-fermented using wild yeast in an open fermenter for 2 weeks. The 17 vintage was cool and wet in December, thus this is our lightest, prettiest effort yet. Ten months in trusty French puncheons further forged the fine red berry tones of Grenache (70%) with the savoury spice of Mataro (30%). This is the first time we used whole bunches in the Mataro, and the wine shows wonderful grip and an herbal edge because of it.”

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Farming: biodynamic