Brash Higgins - ZBO Zibibbo 2021
Zibibbo is an ancient, aromatic white grape from the Muscat family grown in the warmth of the Mediterranean and in South Australia. Chosen for its potential to develop length and complexity from longer skin contact, of which this wine has seen a fair bit having spent just over 6 months resting, skins and all, in terracotta amphorae. Complex on the nose with notes of apricot, ginger, flowers and spice. The wine is dry and textured with grippy tannins and an earthy finish.
Hand picked, the golf ball sized, bronze fruit was 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.
Harvest date: March 3, 2021
Vineyard: Ricca Terra Farms, Barmera, Riverland
Grower: Ashley Ratcliff
Soil Type: Red loam over limestone
Irrigation: Dry Grown
Altitude: 32 metres above sea level
Fermenter type: clay amphorae
Time on skins: 150 days in amphorae
Bottling date: August 26, 2021