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.
This estate block was planted in '73. The wine includes 5.5% petit verdot, 3.5% malbec and 3% merlot, all hand-picked, up to 36 days on skins, matured for 18 months in French barriques (50% new). An utterly exceptional cabernet, as intense as it is elegant with great mouthfeel ex superfine tannins. It's the lightness and brightness that are the candles on the cake. Drink to: 2045; Price: $70.00; Date Tasted: March 2019; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 98 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
Oh boy. This must be one of the most refined and stylishly expressive Cabernets yet from Juniper. It’s leaning more towards medium weight, such is the balance and poise, yet there is immense Margaret River power. Fine chalky tannins contribute to a silky smooth palate of wonderful texture. Outstanding. Rating: 96 Points; Ray Jordan
An exceptionally defined and concentrated wine with deeply ripe, cabernet black cherries and plums with roasting herbs and a tarry edge. The palate has majestically strong and rich tannins with black-cherry and dark-chocolate flavors, holding the long finish. A blend of 92% cabernet sauvignon, 3.9% petit verdot, 2.5% malbec and 1.6% cabernet franc. Rating: 95 Points; James Suckling
92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.9% Petit Verdot, 2.5% Malbec and 1.6% Cabernet Franc, 50% new oak, and 100% Mark Messenger in style. From a single vineyard, planted in 1973. It’s cooler, tighter, and more controlled than some recent vintages, and none the worse for it. Dense wine of traction and intensity, dark cherry, blackcurrant, aniseed, seaweed, dark chocolate, dried herbs, and baking spices. It’s fresh, almost chalky tannin of wide grain and grip, fruit sweetness with tobacco savoury things happening. Finish is long, tannic and firm. It has energy and concentration. Cellaring potential is high. Tasted: Feb 2020; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $70; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2022-2035; Rated: 96 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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