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Brash Higgins | CRYSTAL 2019

Mclaren Vale, South Australia

Delicately sparkling with juicy, crunchy orchard fruits and a little honey.

Grapes: Crystal / Chenin
Ferment: Wild
Fining/Filtration: No
Organic: Yes
Sulphur: No
ABV: 12.5%

Grape Growing
After a little pursuasion, 8 years of patience, and a little bit of Ouzo, Brad managed to source the cuttings for his CRYSTAL from local (originating from Greece) Mclaren Vale grower Chris Pappas. Brad then sent the cuttings to be tested, and returning problem free, he got to propagating them, and a year later planting them as baby vines on his Omensetter vineyard behind the winery which has been certified organic since 2017.

Wine Making
About 40 litres of frozen R/SM (riesling/semillon) juice was added back to the dry, chilled Crystal/Chenin wine in May 2019 to reawaken the yeast and help the wine reignite with carbonation in the bottle. The yeast ate up the added sugar from the R/SM juice and naturally created carbon dioxide as a by product.The wine is unfiltered with no added sulphur.