2014 Brash Higgins "GR/M" McLaren Vale South Australia
Such a good wine. Flesh, spice, structure and length. Pretty aromas and fruits, fun and inviting, turn seriously savoury and sinewy as the flavour drives through the palate. Elegant and majestic at once.
What a burst of fresh, vibrant and bramby fruit this is. Really impressive raspberry and blueberry fruits that smell so deiciously sweet and ripe. The palate has an elegant structural frame with a core of juicy, concentrated raspberry and blueberry fruit flavors. Balanced superbly, super fresh and about as pure as you can get.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pale ruby/purple, the 2014 GR/M Co-Ferment is a Grenache Mataro blend that has a beautiful nose of roses, lavender, red cherries and raspberries with accents of orange peel and earth. Medium to full-bodied, the soft, silky and elegant palate is harmonious and finishes long. (LPB)
Vivid ruby-red. Ripe dark berries, licorice, woodsmoke and candied flowers on the deeply perfumed nose. Concentrated but lively as well, with juicy acidity providing lift and focus to fresh blackberry and cassis flavors. The long, sappy finish features slow-building tannins, a hint of bitter chocolate and lingering smokiness. (JR)
Brad Hickley is a Chicago native who followed his passion for food to New York to become the first U.S. sommelier to work with Daniel Boulud. He went to McLaren Vale to work a harvest and ultimately fell in love with the place--and with local vigneron Nicole Thorpe. Together, they farm Omensetter Vineyard. Winemaker's Notes: "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 six weeks. Eight months in five trusty French hogsheads further forged the fine red berry tones of Grenache (70%) with the savoury spice of Mataro (30%). Bottled unfined and unfiltered. An elixir-like headiness to the perfume, notes of orange peel and spice from the Mataro co-mingles nicely with the lively, bright red fruit and chocolate notes of the Grenache. Deceptively lush despite its medium body and dusty tannins, the GR/M bristles with acidity and strikes a nice counterbalance between the openly fruity nature of Grenache and the darker, more brooding grunt of Mataro. A tip of the hat to the wines of Bandol; it's spicy and wild on a warm and tightly focused frame."