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Huon Hooke, Huon Hook.com
Higher Plane Reserve Chardonnay 2018 - 91 Points
'Restrained but inviting aromas of lemon and spice, with a reductive edge. Some biscuity oak undertones. The palate is tight, dry and savoury, with tension and drive. It's quite linear and a little nervy, finishing appetisingly...Read More
Steve Leszczynski, Q Wine Reviews.com
Higher Plane Reserve Chardonnay 2018 - 92 Points

'These Higher Plane wines are quality. Here's a very tidy Chardonnay sure to impress.
There's plenty going on here to keep the interest levels high. Limes, hazelnuts and a tight bow of...Read More

Steve Leszczynski, Q Wine Reviews.com
Higher Plane Fumé Blanc 2019 - 92 Points

'100% barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc that saw old French oak for 6 months.
You can see then impact of the barrel ferment but there's still plenty of Sauvignon Blanc freshness on show....Read More

Gary Walsh, Wine Front.com
Higher Plane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 - 93 Points

'Quiet, medium-bodied style offering a selection of more savoury flavours like tobacco, cedar and black olive with red and black berry fruit of crunch and sappy flavour, tannin is grainy and firm,...Read More

Erin Larkin, Erinlarkin.com.au
Higher Plane Forest Grove Chardonnay 2018 - 94+ Points

'It’s well known that the Gin Gin clone has found its home in Margaret River. The clonal expression there is one of power, acidity, concentration and structure. While the Gin Gin clone forms...Read More

Erin Larkin, Erinlarkin.com.au
Higher Plane Fume Blanc 2018 - 93 Points

'Passionfruit, elderberry, cape gooseberry and white currant on the nose. The palate has a lovely lemon pith acidity to it which might normally indicate a hardness or edginess to the palate,...Read More

Erin Larkin, Erinlarkin.com.au
Higher Plane Fiano 2019 - 91 Points

'Fiano can be an exciting wine when it’s done right. This Fiano certainly wears its coastal Margaret River roots on its sleeve, with tropical fruit notes and plenty of spicy green apple and...Read More

Nick Stock, James Suckling.com
Higher Plane Reserve Chardonnay 2018 - 91 Points

'Some good richness and concentration of peaches and lemons here. Nicely detailed palate with light spices and a fresh, crisp finish. Drink now. Screw cap.'
91 Points
Nick Stock,...Read More

Nick Stock, James Suckling.com
Higher Plane Syrah 2019

‘This has a strong, peppery edge with blackcurrants and raspberries. The palate is smooth-honed and has a sleek, fresh and lively feel with a gently tart, red-plum finish. Drink now. Screw...Read More

Nick Stock, James Suckling.com
Higher Plane Forest Grove Chardonnay 2018 - 90 Points

'A vivid, attractively crisp style that offers melon and apples with light honey and a dry, taut finish. Drink now. Screw cap.'
90 Points
Nick Stock, James Suckling.com, Western...Read More

Gary Walsh - The Wine Front.com
Higher Plane The Messenger 2014 - 94 Points

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 24% Malbec, 1% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot. They only make 48 dozen.
Showing some bottle age cigar box character, in along with violet, black fruit,...Read More

Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate
Higher Plane Reserve Chardonnay 2017 - 92 points

'Toasty and mealy but without any buttery notes, the 2017 Reserve Chardonnay delivers a wonderful array of brioche, white peach and citrus flavors. Medium-bodied, plump and silky in feel, it's an...Read More

Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide 2020
Higher Plane Reserve Chardonnay 2017 - 93 Points

The southern Margaret River vineyard produces fruit with delicacy that is ideal for this style of Chardonnay. Plenty of work has gone into the making, with whole bunch pressing, barrel...Read More

Ray Jordan, The West Australian
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“These guys have started to produce some excellent examples of this southern Italian and Sicilian variety. Opens with a pronounced creamy lemon aroma. The palate is flavoursome with a fine acidity to sustain and help the...Read More

Barry Weinman - The Western Suburbs Weekly
Higher Plane Reserve Chardonnay 2017 - 18.3 / 20 Points

Very pale in colour. Balanced and fine, in the modern, leaner style where the fruit has been picked to deliver a higher aciidity, restrained style that needs years to hit its peak. This would be...Read More

Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.com
Higher Plane Malbec 2019 - 91 Points

Varietal malbec was added to the Higher Plane range last year. 100% whole bunches.
Succulent red with high-toned berry flavours complemented perfectly by notes of sweet spice, twig and clove....Read More

Gary Walsh - The Wine Front.com
Higher Plane Fiano 2018 - 90 Points

I drank quite a lot of Fiano on my recent trip to Puglia. I, for one, really enjoy Italian dry whites.
Quince, pear, almost edging into tropical, with a touch of smoky reduction. It’s...Read More

James Halliday - Halliday Wine Companion 2020
Higher Plane Reserve Chardonnay - 97 Points

'Whole-bunch pressed direct to barriques (40% new) for wild fermentation (no mlf) and 10 months maturation. Vibrantly fresh and bright, white nectarine/peach and grapefruit in equal parts, oak...Read More

James Halliday - Halliday Wine Companion 2020
Higher Plane 'The Messenger' 2014 - 96 Points

'A blend of 50% cabernet sauvignon and 25% each of malbec and cabernet franc representing the best barrels of the vintage. Time in bottle has seen some of the complexities of full development...Read More

James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020
Higher Plane Fumé Blanc 2018 - 95 Points

'Two picks from a close-planted block, one whole-bunch pressed with solids to French oak, the other to tank, no additions, both given 5 months on lees. A very complex sauvignon blanc with layers of...Read More

Gary Walsh -The Wine Front.com
Higher Plane Reserve Chardonnay 2017 - 92 Points

'White peach, ripe citrus, cream and exotic spices. Some gloss, some tang, citrus and spice, even flow, good finish, all toasty and spicy with zip and crunch. Drink 2019 - 2024.'
92 Points
Gary Walsh, The...Read More

Campbell Mattinson, Halliday Magazine Aug/Sept 2019 issue
Higher Plane Malbec 2018 review

'Margaret River Malbec fermented with 70 per cent whole bunches. It's not your average red wine; it's savoury as much as fruity, and it adds wood-smoke and spice notes to the show too. Maybe this will polarise, but a lot of...Read More

James Suckling.com Australian Report 2019
Higher Plane 'The Messenger' 2014 - 93 Points

'Like the finesse and structure to this with its firm and refined, chewy tannins and a long and vivid finish. Lots of blackberry and currant flavours. Driven finish. Shows intensity. A blend of 50% cabernet sauvignon, 25%...Read More

James Suckling.com Australian Report 2019
Higher Plane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 - 93 Points

'Plenty of plum and berry aromas with hints of tobacco and currants. Green coffee, too. Medium body, firm and silky tannins and a crisp and delicious finish. Drink now. Screw cap.'
Score: 93
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James Suckling.com Australian Report 2019
Higher Plane Reserve Chardonnay 2017 - 92 Points

'The freshly squeezed limes and lemons go so well with the cloves and nutmeg. Sleek and racy on the palate, but with a lot of texture and density. Drink now.'
Score: 92

James Suckling.com Australian Report 2019
Higher Plane Fiano 2018 - 90 Points

'Quite reductive at first, but some pears and attractive tangerines show through. Medium body, medium acidity and a fruity finish. Drink now.'
Score: 90

James Suckling.com Australian Report 2019
Higher Plane Syrah 2018 - 90 Points

'A straightforward syrah with dried berries, chocolate and smoked meat. Medium body, light tannins and a tangy finish. Shows plenty of fruit and flavour. Drink now.'
Score: 90

James Halliday's Winter Warmers
Higher Plane Cabernet Merlot 2016 - 95 Points

A blend of 68% cabernet sauvignon, 29% merlot and 3% cabernet franc. Cabernet rules the roost with blackcurrant/cassis dominant om the bouquet and palate alike, making light work of the French barriques in which it spent 15...Read More

Huon Hooke, The Real Review.com
Higher Plane Reserve Chardonnay 2017 - 92 points

‘Light, bright yellow colour with a fresh, clean, bright aroma of grapefruit and lemon, the palate full and rich and smooth, with plenty of intensity, the finish crisp and long with a...Read More

James Halliday's Wine Companion Website
Higher Plane Syrah 2017 - 94 points

‘Spice, twig and fragrant garden herb characters for certain but the core is all black cherry, chocolate and plum. In other words you get all the sweet, ripe fruit flavour you could possibly desire with complexity and/or...Read More

Huon Hooke - The Real Review.com
Higher Plane 'The Messenger' 2013 - 94 points

Deep red colour with a good tint of purple. The bouquet is of black fruits and tapenade, a hint of nori and succulent black berries, concluding with ample but fine tannins. It's full-bodied and...Read More

Huon Hooke - The Real Review.com
Higher Plane Cabernet Merlot 2015 - 92 points

Deepish red colour with a good tint of purple, and a complex but bright berry-like aroma, while the palate is strongly structured and intense with backbone as well as softness and abundant supple...Read More

Huon Hooke, Huonhooke.com
Higher Plane Fiano 2018 - 90 Points

'Light yellow hue with a fresh, shy, clean and attractive aroma, gently fragrant in a tropical way; the palate taut and intense, bright and dry but powerful. A smart wine. Long, resonant finish and...Read More

Campbell Mattinson - The Winefront.com
Higher Plane Fume Blanc 2018 - 93 Points

Margaret River sauvignon blanc. 10% new French oak but 50% of the wine spent time in oak. No additions.Great intensity. A funky, flinty, smoky style with a charge of lemongrass and tropical fruit. Power, complexity and length....Read More

Campbell Mattinson - The Winefront.com
Higher Plane Malbec 2018 - 92 Points

New wine to the Higher Plane range. 70% whole bunches and, all going well, the 2019 release will be 100% whole bunches, so a) this 2018 was clearly seen as a good direction to go in and b) whole bunches are a key part of this...Read More

The West Australian Wine Guide 2019
Higher Plane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 - 93 Points

This was such a pup when tasted. It’s been built with cellaring in mind, although everything is where it should be for drinking in the short term. Savoury blackcurrant and light black olive...Read More

The West Australian Wine Guide 2019
Higher Plane Forest Grove Chardonnay 2017 - 92 Points

A fruit-driven chardonnay, with oak playing a subtle supporting role. Displays vibrant stone fruit and fig-like characters. The texture has been created with some time on lees. It’s balanced...Read More

The West Australian Wine Guide 2019
Higher Plane Fiano 2017 - 91 Points

A slightly different style to Messenger’s Juniper Fiano. This has a lively fruit intensity with some barrel fermentation in old oak designed to introduce some nice textural qualities....Read More

Mike Bennie - WBM Sept/Oct 2018
Higher Plane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 - 93 Points

'A fine-boned Cabernet with quiet intensity, it offers blackcurrant, cassis and salt bush scents while the palate shows plummy but controlled fruit, set among fresh, saline acidity, light-cedar...Read More

Campbell Mattinson - The Winefront.com
Higher Plane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 - 94 Points

‘It’s labelled as cabernet sauvignon – rightly so – but it also includes small amounts of cabernet franc, merlot, malbec and petit verdot.
What I like about this is...Read More

Campbell Mattinson - The Winefront.com
Higher Plane Forest Grove Chardonnay 2017 - 92+ Points

‘Margaret River Chardonnay made with quality in mind for less than $30. That’s a good start in itself.
It’s frisky. It’s flavoursome. It has a keen line of acidity but...Read More

Huon Hooke, Huon Hooke.com
Higher Plane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 - 93 Points

Deep red colour with a good tinge of purple. The bouquet is cedary, tobacco-leafy and very cabernet, while the palate is medium to full-bodied and firm, with strong tannins and an authoritative...Read More

Campbell Matthinson - The Winefront.com
Higher Plane Syrah 2017 - 93 points

It sees some whole bunches and it sits at an attractive alcohol level. And it’s from Margaret River. And it’s shiraz. And the price is reasonable. Positives abound.
This is good...Read More

James Halliday's Wine Companion 2019
Higher Plane Reserve Chardonnay 2016 - 95 Points

'Single vineyard, hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild yeast, 10% mlf, aged 10 months in French barriques, 40% new. All the right stuff for a classy wine and it doesn't disappoint. A mix of...Read More

James Halliday's Wine Companion 2019
Higher Plane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 - 95 Points

Elegant Margaret River cabernet sauvignon? Here it is, with the full display of flavours on show from mulberries, red and blackcurrants, a sprinkling of spice, and cedary oak lingering, but not...Read More

James Halliday's Wine Companion 2019
Higher Plane Forest Grove Chardonnay 2017 - 93 Points

No shortage of acidity, this is a livewire. It crackles with ginger and lemon, white stone fruit and lemon curd, some lees and oak add depth but ultimately a more linear style as it races off to...Read More

James Halliday's Wine Companion 2019
Higher Plane Fumé Blanc 2017 - 92 Points

Mostly whole-bunch pressed, fermented and aged in barrel (16% new) for 9 months, a portion destemmed and made in stainless steel to retain its vibrancy and freshness. A terrific if tight fume that...Read More

Ray Jordan's Top 100 Red Wines
Higher Plane Cabernet Merlot 2015 - 92 points

Also has a little Cabernet Franc and Malbec so it’s a bit of a Bordeaux blend. Excellent fruit with a firm, tight middle core supporting the long finish. This cooler vineyard produces a refined and cool elegance.Read More

The Vinsomniac.com
Higher Plane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 - 93 Points

Reserve selection of Cabernet Sauvignon. Spends 18 months in French Oak, even at 5 years that's still evident. Underneath that oak, it's a mix of plum and olive skin, with thyme and bay herbal...Read More

The Vinsomniac.com
Higher Plane Forest Grove Chardonnay - 91 Points

Poised, balanced, it sits just-so on the palate, at ease and with itself. A mere spread of texture, lends a little weight and width. Grapefruit acids and a squeeze of lemon deliver a delicate...Read More

The Vinsomniac.com
Higher Plane Fiano 2017 - 91 Points

Oozes fresh pear, uncertain as to whether that's Beurre Bosc or William. What's a variety between friends and grapes? There's some supplementary spice sitting in the background.
Generous...Read More

Huon Hooke, The Real Review.com
Higher Plane Fume Blanc 2017 - 90 Points

Very light yellow colour. The bouquet shows some peanut-like oak nuances coupled with varietal fruit, the palate soft and light, smoothly modulated and easygoing, with lemon-juicy acidity and...Read More

Halliday Magazine Jun/Jul 2018
Higher Plane Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2017 - 95 Points

Whatever the percentage of the semillon is unimportant, simply because it is the crunchy acidity, herbs, lemongrass and minerality that drives the wine. This in turn means it will change profoundly...Read More

Qwinereviews.com
Higher Plane Cabernet Merlot 2015 - 91 Points

A classic Cabernet Merlot blend from Margaret River. This gets a tick.
Tomato leaf, coffee grounds, cassis and blackberries. Some leafy aromas too courtesy of the Cabernet. The fruit throws...Read More

Qwinereviews.com
Higher Plane Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 - 94 points

The pleasures of Margaret River Cabernet. A superb wine right here.
Sleek and sumptuous, this is beautifully weighted as it moves and flows to every crevice in the mouth. The fruit moves in a...Read More

Huon Hooke, Huonhooke.com
Higher Plane Fiano - 92 points

'Very light colour. Clean, fresh, fruity scenty aroma, the palate likewise delicate, clean and fresh, fruit-driven and dry. Savoury style with an almost salty palate. Minerally, even. Lip-smacking...Read More

Wine Companion Magazine Apr/May 2018
Higher Plane Fiano 2017 - 93 points

Estate-grown, whole-bunch pressed, fermented and matured in used oak. The barrel fermentation impacts on the bouquet, but is swept aside by the intense, highly textural wave of citrus and zest....Read More

Qwinereveiews.com
Higher Plane 'The Messenger' 2012 - 94 Points

A classic Bordeaux blend of five varieties, each contributing delivering a sophisticated wine which will reward cellaring for beyond a decade.
Such a well built package from top to toe. The...Read More

Qwinereviews.com
Higher Plane Fiano 2017 - 92 Points

‘This is the first Margaret River Fiano I have had the privilege of looking at.
A happy wine. An easy style, straight up and down. Picnics and lazy lunches the go. Pear, lemon pith, a...Read More

Qwinereviews.com
Higher Plane Forest Grove Chardonnay 2017 - 90 points

Chardonnay from the southern end of Margaret River. Top drinking - leap in.
Barbecued peach, caramel, toffee, vanillin oak and some biscuity goodness. Some textural feels from time on lees is evident. A squeeze of lemon...Read More

Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine Jan/Feb 2018
Higher Plane Reserve Chardonnay 2015 - 92 Points

Elegant Chardonnay showing nectarine and green apple scents, a whiff of vanilla and a sniff of frangipani floral characters. The palate is silky, soft and mouthwatering, just crisp enough to...Read More

Halliday Wine Companion Magazine Feb/March 2018
Higher Plane Cabernet Merlot 2015 - 95 points

Estate-grown, fermented in small batches before maturation in French oak for up to 18 months, small amounts of cabernet franc and merlot included in some batches. This is only just medium bodied,...Read More

Huon Hooke, Huon Hooke.com
Higher Plane Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 - 97 Points

'Deep red colour with a tinge of purple, the bouquet lovely and classically cabernet, mixing herbs (both fresh and dried) and cassis - with a strong dash of regional seashell or peat moss...Read More

The West Australian Wine Guide 2018
Higher Plane The Messenger 2013 - 95 Points

'This is a blend of the five Bordeaux varieties. It is already complex in its primary state, before it starts to evolve in the bottle. A feature is the beautiful textured mouth feel of loam gravel....Read More

Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide 2018
Higher Plane Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 - 95 points

'These Cabernets off the Higher Plane vineyard in recent years have been superb. The more southern cooler climes seem ideal, with the vine now more mature and delivering consistently good fruit....Read More

The West Australian Wine Guide 2018
Higher Plane Forest Grove Chardonnay 2016 - 90 Points

‘Sourced from fruit off this southern vineyard in Margaret River. This is a medium-bodied and elegant expression with light cereal and stone fruit worked with typical grapefruit edginess to...Read More

Huon Hooke, Huon Hooke.com
Higher Plane Forest Grove Chardonnay 2016 - 93 Points

‘Light, bright yellow colour, the bouquet complex and understated with nougat, nutty and honey touches, the palate intense and bright, layered and complex with nutty, toasty nuances overlying...Read More

Winewise Other Dry White Varieties & Blends Review
Higher Plane Fiano 2017 ★★★★

This attractive wine offers white peach and floral aromatics together with a pleasing palate of good weight, with balanced, chalky phenolics. ★★★★
Lester Jesberg, Winewise, Other Dry White Varieties...Read More

Top Drops, STM Magazine
Higher Plane Reserve Chardonnay 2015 - 95 points

‘Refined and beautifully elegant, it’s a poised and controlled wine with a linear elegant structure.’
95 points
Ray Jordan, Top Drops, STM Magazine, The Sunday Times, 22nd October...Read More

Halliday Wine Companion 2018
Higher Plane Reserve Chardonnay 2015 - 95 points

‘Whole-bunch pressed to barrel and left on lees in French oak (40% new) for 10 months. The best barrels are selected for the Reserve, and while it’s finely tuned, linear, and with gossamer-like acidity,...Read More

Cellar Talk, The West Australian
Higher Plane Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2017 - Wine of the Week

‘I like this style of blended white. It has fruit intensity and attractive aromatics but this has been restrained to some extent and the wine is all the better for it. No oak...Read More

The Wine Front Website - Campbell Mattinson
Higher Plane Forest Grove Chardonnay 2016 - 91+ Points
Lean, long-flavoured chardonnay with milky oak sitting atop. Lacks harmony at this early stage but time should be kind. It tastes of melon, white peach, citrus and that aforementioned sweet, spicy, milky oak. Length of flavour...Read More
The Wine Front Website - Gary Walsh
Higher Plane Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 - 92 Points

Just out of curiosity, I opened a bottle of 2010 Chateau Branaire-Ducru to taste alongside this, and there’s no doubt that Margaret River produces very good Cabernet, at fair prices, not that I really needed to say that,...Read More

James Halliday's Wine Companion 2018
Higher Plane Reserve Chardonnay 2015 - 95 Points

Whole-bunched pressed to barrel and left on lees in French oak (40% new) for 10 months and only the best barrels selected for the Reserve and the result is harmonious. While it's finely tuned,...Read More

James Halliday's Wine Companion 2018
Higher Plane 'The Messenger' 2013 - 96 Points & Special Value
Winemaker Mark Messenger has a knack with cabernet sauvignon and its mates, as in malbec/cabernet franc/merlot/petit verdot, which are drawn into this. His namesake wine is a barrel selection and while there's a certain power and...Read More
James Halliday's Wine Companion 2018
Higher Plane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 - 96 Points & Special Value

There's an ethereal quality to this, nothing forced, just perfectly ripe fruit shining through. Exquisitely perfumed, the oak seamlessly integrated, the tannins filigreed and the palate supple yet...Read More

James Halliday's Wine Companion 2018
Higher Plane Chardonnay Reserve 2014 - 95 Points

Estate-grown, hand-picked, fermented in French oak and held on yeast lees for up to 10 months, then a selection of the best barrels of the vintage. An intensely flavoured and tightly structured...Read More

James Halliday's Wine Companion 2018
Higher Plane Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2016 - 92 Points & Special Value

A racy number with acidity the backbone leading a citrus chorus of lime and lemon juice freshness with pine needles and star fruit. While it's tight on the palate there's a textural component that...Read More

James Halliday's Wine Companion 2018
Higher Plane Forest Grove Chardonnay 2015 - 91 Points

Fermented and matured in French oak for 9 months, with yeast lees contact. The wine has attitude, verging on savoury, from its vinification. The texture and structure are such that the fruit...Read More

The West Australian Wine Guide 2017
Higher Plane Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 - 93 Points

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...Read More