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.
Bright, clear crimson-purple; this punches way above its weight from the outset. Supple cassis and persistent - but silky - tannins sketch the outline of a wine with freshness and a balance that will sustain its shape for however long you elect to cellar it. Exceptional value. Drink to: 2030; Price: $20.00; Date Tasted: November 2020; Alcohol: 14.0%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star & Top 100 Wines of 2020; James Halliday; Wine Companion
I like the firmness of this release. It’s a medium-weight wine but there’s a bit of grunt to the finish and that’s a good thing. Fire up the grill and sink into a bottle of this and you’re away. Currants, chocolate, violets and bay. It’s ripe, inviting and satisfying. It made a fan of me. Rating: 92 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
Bright, deep, purple/red colour. The bouquet is fresh and bright, intense and clean, loaded with blueberry, blackberry and violet aromas. Very regional. The wine is full-bodied and deliciously juicy, the accessible sweet fruit backed by a wealth of firm but appropriate tannins. Blackcurrants overflow through the finish. The tannins finish faintly sappy, but it's a stand-out wine at the price. Drink: 2020–2032; Rating: 91 Points; Huon Hooke
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