Often wondered why more of this southern Italian variety has been grown in Australia. It works so well and suites out cuisine. This is lovely with its crisp flavorsome palate showing some nice spices and good fruit intensity. Lingers long in the mouth with a minerally purity. Nice crunch on the finish after a subtle creamy middle palate.
A distinctly fruit driven chardonnay with just a smidgeon of oak from the nine months in French where some lees influence was obtained. There is a cooler climate freshness and racy feel here with a crunchy almost juicy acid on the finish. A shorter term wine and great value for this quality.
As good a white as has been produced from Higher Plane. From the first sniff you get something intriguing, something striking. Mealy and leesy with a subtle stone fruit spiciness. The palate has layered depth and intensity which effortlessly carries to a very long finish. Beautiful.
A mighty fine merlot delivering a lot more than some of the simple fruity styles you tend to get. This has grunt but with that usual merlot suppleness and generosity. The tannins are grainy with a firmness to hold the lines through the palate. The French oak has been expertly handed and the whole thing sings together rather well.
A most poised and polished little cabernet merlot from this southern vineyard in Margaret River. Has a nice slightly cool mint aroma with leafy red berry notes. The palate is threaded with fine grained chalky tannins while the oak is subtly delivered. Stylish.
Perhaps a slightly more assertive and angular cabernet than some of the previous wines, most likely a product of the vintage. Having said that, it is very good with a tight core of tannin and oak perfectly complementing and supporting the fruit intensity. Seamless and perfectly integrated, this shows quality fruit and excellent winemaking.
Higher Plane Forest Grove chardonnay 2014 ($25)
This excellent little chardonnay gets a fair degree of winemaking influence, crafting a wine that is complex and interesting from the first sniff. Has a creamy stone fruit character with an edgy cut of crisp acid and toasty oak. A lick of butterscotch adds to the finish. Excellent wine for the next few years.
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 4 years
Higher Plane chardonnay 2013 ($35)
This cooler part of Margaret River is ideal for quality chardonnay and this one from a pretty warm year shows the virtues of the cooler climes. Notes of oatmeal and light citrus with a little butterscotch richness. Intense and concentrated fruit on the palate. Crisp fine acid and a lovely touch of oak. This is a quality wine of poise and class.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 5 years
Higher Plane cabernet merlot 2013 ($25)
Leafy perfumed notes on the nose strike immediately. It’s a seductive and alluring mix that opens things. The palate is soft and generous with ripe supple tannins and fine grained savoury oak supporting the sweet fleshy fruit characters. Well balanced with a lingering finish. Classy little wine at this price.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 6 years
Higher Plane The Messenger 2012 ($65)
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.
SCORE 96/100 CELLAR 18 years
Higher Plane cabernet sauvignon 2011 ($49)
This now mature southern vineyard is starting to push out some very consistent wines, with some in certain vintages reaching great heights. This is a cracker displaying so much blackcurrant and leafy tobacco characters with a decent dollop of dark chocolate and meaty cabernet. It’s full bodied with firmish dusty tannins and a linear thread through to the long finish.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 8 years
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