O’Leary Walker Blue Cutting Road Clare Valley Cabernet Merlot

Great cabernet merlot should have both a fragrant violet perfume and a deep core of crunchy blackcurrant fruit, but it’s rare to find such impressive fruit definition at the magical sub-$15 price. There are notes of blueberries and overtones of capsicum and the classic leaf and mint of Clare. Fine, supple tannins make it alluring right away. $12 at Dan’s.