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2012 Higher Plane 'The Messenger'
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.
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.
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.