McLaren Vale, South Australia

Proprietor: Brad Hickey & Nicole Thorpe
Year of Establishment: 2010
Size of Estate: 6.5 hectares
Av. bottles/annum: 12,500

Website: www.BrashHiggins.com

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Brash Higgins is Brad Hickey's wine label. In 2007, Brad, a New York City sommelier, swapped his wine knife for a pair of secateurs and came to work vintage in McLaren Vale. He never left.

 

With his partner, Vale vigneron Nicole Thorpe, they care for their 17-acre estate Omensetter Vineyard. Planted in 1997, it is in its second year of organic conversion and is home to the BH amphora raised Nero d’Avola, SHZ and Cabernet Sauvignon. Whether co-fermenting Biodynamic Grenache and Mataro or wild barrel fermenting Chenin Blanc grown in the deep white sands of Blewitt Springs, Brash Higgins is always trying to add something new to the winemaking dialogue.


 

VINES

Omensetter

Size
6.57 hectares
% of your production
70%
Owned
Harvested by hand
Irrigated
Soil/s
Clay loam over limestone
Varieties planted
nero d'Avola, shiraz, cabernet savignon
Training system
Vertical Shoot Positioning and double cordon
Fertilizer
Green manure, mulch and humus
Pest control
Copper and sulphur
Weed control
Mechanical
When was it converted to natural farming
2014 Organic - in Conversion

 

Yangarra Estate

Size
100 hectares
% of your production
5%
Buying fruit from
Harvested by hand
Irrigatedand dry grown
Soil/s
Sand over ironstone
Varieties planted
grenache, mourvedre, shiraz, roussanne, viognier
Training system
bush vine, VSP
Fertilizer
Biodynamic preparations, Manure (sheep), mulch, humus
Pest control
Sulphur
Weed control
Mechanical plus sheep
When was it converted to natural farming
2008. Certified Biodynamic in 2012

 

Ricca Terra Farms

Size
44 hectares
% of your production
3%
Buying fruit from
Harvested by hand
Irrigated
Soil/s
red loam over limestone
Varieties planted
Zibibbo, Nero d'Avola, Vermentino, Arinto ,Fiano, Lagrein etc
Training system
VSP and double cordon
Fertilizer
Manure (chicken), green manure
Pest control
Conventional (Dipel), copper, sulphur
Weed control
Round up
When was it converted to natural farming
Not yet
Will the vineyard ever be converted? If so specify time frame
Parts may be converted over the next 3 years

Willambi Hill

Size
7 hectares
% of your production
5%
Buying fruit from
Harvested by hand
Irrigated
Soil/s
Sand over ironstone
Varieties planted
Chenin Blanc, Shiraz
Training system
vsp single cordon
Fertilizer
None
Pest control
Conventional (Dipel), copper, sulphur
Weed control
Round up
When was it converted to natural farming
Not yet
Will the vineyard ever be converted? If so specify time frame
Unknown

 

 

 
 

Wines

CHN

2015
Variety/ies
Chenin Blanc
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Willambi Hill-Blewitt Springs
Days of skin contact
2 days
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
225L barrels (5 years old), for 8 months
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
54ppm

ZBO

2015
Variety/ies
Zibibbo
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Rica Terra Farms
Days of skin contact
180 days
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
2 months in stainless steel and 6 months in clay amphora.
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
58ppm

GR/M

2014
Variety/ies
Grenache Mataro
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Yangarra
Days of skin contact
28 days
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
300L barrels (6 years old), for 8 months
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
30ppm

NDV

2014
Variety/ies
Nero d'Avola
Name of the vineyard/s where this fruit is sourced
Omensetter
Days of skin contact
180 days
Filtered
No
Fined
No
Elevage
2 months in stainless steel and 6 months in clay amphora
Wild Yeast
Total Sulphites (ppm)
25ppm