Juniper Estate Crossing Cabernet Merlot 2013
Juniper Estate is a producer of premium wines in Wilyabrup, the heart of the Margaret River winegrowing area. It is one of the oldest vineyards in the area. No sub-region has been historically more important in the success of Margaret River than Wilyabrup, where the first vineyards were planted and wineries built and which continues to be home to a disproportionately large number of famous, usually small, vineyards.
Juniper Estate was planted by Henry and Maureen Wright in 1973 on Harmans Road South, in its picturesque setting along the Wilyabrup Creek. The vineyard grows on the gravelly loam soils, which have produced so many of the Margaret River wines which now command Australia-wide and international recognition.
The Crossing wines fulfill a different purpose from the Estate wines. They are our more easy drinking style with an appropriately lower price tag. We would like them to be enjoyed every day while the Estate wines remain the pinnacle of our ambitions, spending more time in oak (in the case of the reds) and being released later.
Vibrant crimson red in colour, this wine shows rich ripe fruit characteristics of blackcurrant and plum along with hints of spice, mocha and toasty vanillin oak. The palate is smooth with a good depth of juicy berry fruit and modest oak influence.
Juniper Crossing is in the top league of value for money in the cabernet merlot category. It is only medium-bodied, but there?s terrific tension between the blackcurrant/red berry fruit flavours and the texture of the dusty tannins, the tension creating the length. Rating: 94 Points; Drink by: 2030; Price: $20.00; Date Tasted: March 2016; Alcohol: 14%; James Halliday Wine Companion
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