Brash Higgins RSM Semillon Riesling 2017

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney

A 'field blend' is an ensemble of different grapes from one vineyard block that are picked on the same day and fermented together, making a unique wine of place or a 'vin de terroir'. Our version is from an elevated site along the Kangarilla foothills of McLaren Vale where one acre of Riesling (65%) and Semillon (35%), unusual bedmates, grown cheek by jowl. Picked on the same day, basket-pressed together then co-fermented wild in trusty barriques, this bright white wine has all the limey pucker and saline lift of a fresh margarita. Great summer drinking and a riot with oysters. We are proud that this wine tastes like the place from where it comes, 20 km from the gulf of St. Vincent, a true coastal white.

Star bright in colour with a clear straw/green tinge. The nose is like a sea breeze, thanks to the sandy, marine fossil laden soils, with hints of lime blossom, and oyster liquor. Feels like a coastal wine, which it is. A refreshing rush of minerality keeps things taut on the palate; textured layers of salinity and lime intermingle followed by a laser beam of tangy, margarita pucker. This field blend has all the emerald exuberance of Riesling cut with the lemony flesh of Semillon. BRAD HICKEY, Brash Higgins

Riesling and semillon from the evocatively named Saddlebags Hill Vineyard in McLaren Vale. This is the sixth release of this wine. Co-fermented and matured in older oak barrels. I’d be hard pressed keeping my hands off a wine like this – I hope my local pub or bistro stocks it. One of those.

Beautiful perfume showing frangipani floral characters, whiffs of ginger and lemongrass spice, preserved lemon. Savoury scents. Right on. Tight and racy across the palate, it’s an energetic rush of pristine-feeling, crisp, cool attractive-bitter fruit character. Almost tonic-like in a way, definitively feels like a seaside wine. Delicious, refreshing stuff. What a cracking wine. MIKE BENNIE, The Wine Front