Brash Higgins ZBO Zibibbo-Amphora 2020
An aromatic and ancient white grape, Zibibbo comes from the Muscat family, grown in the warmth of South Australia and the Mediterranean. The fruit for this wine was grown in Riverland on the Ricca Terra Farms. This specific varietal is chosen for its potential to develop complexity and length from longer skin contact. This wine is bone dry yet fruity.
The grapes are handpicked and destemmed into waiting terracotta amphorae. A wild ferment ensued with the caps hand plunged twice daily until the ferment finished and the skins sank into the wine. The skins, seeds and juice remained covered in situ for six months. A natural FLOR layer of yeast volunteers itself and covers and helps protect the wine. The ‘free run’ was siphoned off in spring and combined with the pressings. The wine settles before being racked and sent to bottle unfiltered and unfined.
Cloudy and a diaphanous, pale copper in appearance. The wine is dry yet exudes tantalising herbal, spice and stone fruit aromas. Complex nose of apricot, graphite/pencil shavings, cut ginger, cloves, elderflower, white pepper, Belgian white ale, and wild honey leaps from the glass. On the palate, the wine has a soft entry but with good grip, an earthy sweet chalk/clay element with notes of lemon oil, tangerines, tea and cinnamon apples. – Brad Hickey, Vinitor, October 14, 2020
The Finer Details
Style - White Wine
Varietal - Zibbibo
Country - Australia
Region - McLaren Vale, South Australia
Vintage - 2020
Bottle Size - 750ml
ABV - 13%