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2012 Higher Plane 'The Messenger'

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    RRP $65.00 per bottle

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    $239.94 (6 x 750ml)

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    cracka review

    Specialising in super high-quality Chardonnay and Cabernet, Higher Plane hail from the Forest Grove sub-region of the Margaret River. Their meticulous attention to detail begins right in the vineyard (they painstakingly tested over 100 sites before finding this one) and carries on right throughout all stages of their wine making, culminating in the flagship, 'The Messenger'.

    A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Malbec, 12% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, this is Australia's answer to the great wines of Bordeaux. The verdict was unquestionably unanimous when we tasted this wine at Cracka HQ, but you probably want to know it's not only us who gave it the big tick! It landed very well with the critics, too - Ray Jordan lashed it with 96 points, Gary Walsh 95 and Halliday 95 also.

    I'm going to be straightforward. You need this wine in your cellar.

    expert reviews

    Ray Jordan (2012 Vintage) says
    This is a blend of the five red varieties of Bordeaux, with Malbec the dominant grape. It’s a superb wine from this outstanding vintage. Perfectly integrated and seamlessly structured yet with power and presence that will ensure it cellars for a number of years. There’s an effortless power that carries through to the long finish with chalky fine tannins and lightly savoury oak in support. Beautiful stuff.
    96
    James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
    50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Malbec, 12% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, 5 days cold soak, fermented in a mix of open and closed vessels with 10-34 days skin contact, matured in French barriques (50% new) for 18 months. While full-bodied, this has already got its house in order, its cascade of red and black fruits refusing to lets its ample tannins dominate, oak adding to the discussion, but not taking sides.
    95
    Gary Walsh (2012 Vintage) says
    Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Unleash the complexity of The Blend! Black olives, mineral, cocoa and dark chocolate, spice and black fruits. Medium bodied, dense, savoury but with some floral mouth-perfume, earthy deliciousness kind of a big theme though, tight packed fine tannin, cool length. Dense chocolaty tannin sweeps through on the finish, with a glint of cranberry freshness. Lovely. Sophisticated. Photo finish for 95 points.
    95

    winemaker's notes

    Variety: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Malbec, 12% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot

    Tasting Notes: The nose is a brooding and exotic mix of bright blueberry, cassis, raspberry, cinnamon and violet notes that intermingle with hints of charry oak, chorizo and tapenade. The palate entry is plush offering great generosity of fruit flavour and concentration. This wine builds with intensity throughout the palate and reveals a lovely, fine grained and resolved tannin profile. A very complex wine, with a long and profound finish.

    Winemaker's Notes: The 2012 vintage was a near perfect one for the Bordeaux red varieties with a relatively mild autumn after a warm, but not hot summer allowing for a long hang time on the vine which develops fine balanced tannins in the grapes.

    Alc/vol: 14.0%

    Awards:
    Gold medal - 2016 Qantas Wine Show of WA
    Silver medal - 2016 Margaret River Wine Show