2014 Brash Higgins "GR/M" McLaren Vale South Australia

SKU #1261092 95 points James Halliday

 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.  (11/2015)

93 points James Suckling

 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.  (2/2016)

92 points 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)  (8/2015)

90 points Vinous

 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)  (3/2016)

K&L Notes

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."

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

McLaren Vale

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5
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