Introducing: Brash Vineyard
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in News
Introducing Brash Vineyard
You may not have enjoyed a bottle emblazoned with the words ‘Brash Vineyard’ yet, but, if you’re a Margaret River acolyte, chances are you’ve enjoyed the fruit of this Yallingup winery’s labours without even knowing it. With a four-strong range made in boutique quantities under the custodianship of Western Australian wine icon Bruce Dukes, this is a discovery worth shouting about Explore Langton’s portfolio of wines from Brash Vineyards.
Since 2000, Brash have been growing grapes across their 18 hectares of Yallingup vines, with the bulk going to a host of premium Margaret River producers. You name it, they grow it: Cabernet Sauvignon (of course), Chardonnay, Shiraz, Malbec, and Sauvignon Blanc. 135 tonnes annually, in fact. Only a tiny portion, however—the cream of any given crop—goes into Brash’s own boutique bottlings. Four impressive single vineyard cuvées, only 250 cases apiece. Yes, Brash wines are small scale… but they’re mighty Margaret River.
Vineyard Dog, Mitsey.
Brash is co-owned by Chris and Anne Carter, Brian and Ann McGuinness, and Rik and Jenny Nitert. Chris and Anne live on the slice of Yallingup that’s home to Brash, and manage the day-to-day operations of the vineyard (with a little help from their dog Mitsey).
It’s been 20 years since the first Brash vines were planted, back in 2000. Their maturity is really starting to shine through with precision and grace, not least because they are made under the advisory of Margaret River master Bruce Dukes (of Domaine Naturaliste). Now is really the time to jump in. But where to start?
Well, we’re talking Margaret River here, so the single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is the obvious choice. It’s already in such demand that much of the minuscule production is sold en primeur directly to Brash disciples. Ripe and elegant, it’s an aromatic affair. Full to brimming with cherries, violet, blackberry, anise, and a lick of oak balanced by gorgeous acidity.
The 2017 Cabernet has picked up a slew of trophies and gold medals (most notably scoring the Best Single Vineyard Red at the 2019 Margaret River Wine Show), and critics are adulatory in their praise. Nick Butler (The Real Review) has called it, ‘sensational wine and exceptional value.’ Meanwhile, Campbell Mattinson has deemed the Chardonnay ‘Margaret River in a glass.’
Its rich, creamy, and lush, and an example of just how ‘Old World’ the New World can be. The bright, surprisingly refreshing Shiraz makes a case for WA expressions.
For established lovers of Margaret River wines, Brash should make a strong impression. And for those yet to be converted? Make the Brash Vineyard next on your ‘to taste’ list.
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