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Brash Higgins

It is a long way from Chicago to McLaren Vale. And when that distance includes time in Paris, Portland and then New York City as head sommelier under 2 Star Michelin Chef David Bouley, you know this guy has found his place,

Landing in McLaren Vale Brad Hickey met Nicole Thorpe in 2007. She had deep roots in McLaren Vale, where several generations of her family had worked to provide the local vineyards with much-needed water. He was a resolute wanderer who dropped in to work his first vintage. And so their story began.

Seeing how the Shiraz and Cabernet were hit the hardest by the drought, the pair began to investigate different grapes, which might fare better in the harsh conditions. Nero d'Avola was first  to be identified. Since then, their interest in little-known or outre varietals has grown to encompass Zibibbo, Cinsault and the grape Crystal.

Brash Higgins has grown from, and been shaped by, Brad & Nicole’s passions -- for McLaren Vale, for their patch of dirt off of the Gulf, for grapes and varietals from the stalwart to the obscure, for pushing boundaries, for exploring every technique available to help make great wine.


  • Brash Higgins 'ZBO' Zibibbo Amphora 2021

    • Brash Higgins 'ZBO' Zibibbo Amphora 2021
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    • Brash Higgins 'ZBO' Zibibbo Amphora 2021

      Zibibbo is an ancient, aromatic white grape from the Muscat family grown in the warmth of the Mediterranean and South Australia. From fruit grown at Ricca Terra Farms in the sunny Riverland, the varietal was chosen for its potential to develop length and complexity from longer skin contact, the wine...

      $40.00

  • Brash Higgins 'Bloom' Chardonnay 2015

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    • Brash Higgins 'Bloom' Chardonnay 2015

      The 2015 BLOOM, their third incarnation since the original 2008 version, is a slowly aged white wine made in a style inspired by the “sous voile”, or “under-the-veil”, oxidative methods found in France’s Jura and Burgundy region. Here, McLaren Vale Chardonnay from the sandy Blewitt Springs sub-region has been matured...

      $155.00

  • Brash Higgins Omensetter Shiraz Cabernet 2018

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    • Brash Higgins Omensetter Shiraz Cabernet 2018

      Brash Higgins’ 2018 Omensetter is 100% made from fruit grown at the Organic BH Omensetter estate vineyard. The site owes its name to the eponymous hero of the William H. Gass novel “Omensetter’s Luck”. Ever since Brash Higgins’ founder Brad Hickey first laid eyes on the site in 2007, he...

      $120.00