Region: McLaren Vale, Australia
Soils: Sand + Clay
Vinification: On skins for 2 days, then fermented in french oak barrels
Aging: 12 months in french oak barrels
Fining or Filtering: None
Sulfur: At bottling
Notes from the Importer: Our fifth single vineyard Chenin Blanc at Brash Higgins. Handpicked fruit from a 30 year old vineyard overlaid with the deep white beach sands distinctive to the famous Blewitt Springs subregion of McLaren Vale. Blewitt Springs geology begins at the mouth of Maslin Beach (Australia’s first unclad beach) and runs some 30km up to the foothills of the Adelaide Hills. It’s essentially an ancient, 50 million year old dried up river estuary. The attempt every year with this wine is to capture some of the brininess and marine fossil notes from the sandy, coastal soils, thus transporting you to the oceanside. The grapes are fermented wild in neutral French barriques for 12 months to achieve this effect. Only 185 cases of this dry style CHN Chenin Blanc were produced. 2019 was a warm year, but we picked this before the heat to capture the fruits essential acidity.
The CHN 2019 label is a departure from past labels. It is a detail from an oil on linen painting by the gifted Sydney artist, Alesandro Ljubicic, called “Try To Be A Rainbow To Someone’s Cloud” @alesandroljubicic