Higher Plane Wines South by Southwest Margaret River Cabernet Merlot

In the cooler temperatures and extended ripening of the southwest of Margaret River, intense flavours are achieved and acidity is retained. In the warm 2012 season, the result is a South by Southwest of a magnitude that lands it much further north than its bargain price might suggest. A vibrant, medium purple wine with a deep core of blackcurrant, blackberry, black cherry and dark plum fruit, framed neatly by winemaker Mark Messenger in a medium-bodied frame of fine, well-structured tannins, promising a rewarding future. $18 direct.