Shiraz continues to be a super wine from Juniper. This follows the excellent 2012 and shows a slightly more robust character and structure. Remains that savoury earthy character with firmish sinewy tannins a feature. Really concentrated and dense with great length and palate persistence.
Crunchy vibrant and so precise through the palate. This is quality chardonnay. Mealy grapefruit aromas with a little vanilla pod. The palate is complete and deep with a fine lingering thread of acidity sustaining it perfectly. Excellent wine.
This excellent wine gets plenty if winery treatment. It’s pressed into barriques where it sits on lees for 10 months after natural fermentation. The result is exquisite with so much flavour and intensity. Lemony vanillin creaminess with a drizzle of lime to spruce it up. Sits so well in the mouth. Bracing closing finish.
One of the still small but emerging number of straight malbecs. I love it. This shows why malbec is such a marvelous variety that too often sits in the background supporting other high profile varieties, most notably cabernet. It generous and floral with lovely plush tannins and rich subtle fruit flavours. Small production but worth finding down at the winery, one suspects.
Shows all the marvelous virtues of Margaret River cabernet. Black currant aromas with a little black live and dark chocolate influences. There’s a grainy dusty earthiness on the palate which is clearly capturing a sense of the vineyard. Grainy and slightly sinewy ripe tannins with such concentrated fruit expression. Finishes with focus and length.
This a blend of most of the Bordeaux varieties. It’s a medium to full bodied wine with lovely expressions of fruit. Light and ethereal aromas of floral red berry and light cedary. Slightly lighter body than the straight estate cabernet, but with such beautiful finesse and poise. Excellent wine with some cellaring potential.
Juniper Estate Aquitaine sauvignon blanc semillon 2013 ($30)
A blend of sauvignon blanc and semillon with the whole bunches pressed into oak for fermentation and further maturation. The result is a wine that has excellent depth and fruit concentration with the tropical fruit and citrusy lift of the grapes and the nutty lemon influence of the oak. There’s a nice waxy feel to it as well. A wine for the cellar.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 10 years
Juniper Estate chardonnay 2014 ($37)
Juniper Estate chardonnays are really stepping up to the plate these days and this is one of the better ones. A lot tighter and yet still with all that Margaret River power and lingering intensity. Stone fruit and light toast with a quarter of grapefruit and savoury minerality. Outstanding wine.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 8 years
Juniper Estate Acquitaine Rouge 2012 ($37)
This is the initial release of this wine which is basically a cabernet-dominant blend of the five main Bordeaux varieties. Messenger says he’s still fiddling with it but gee, this gets pretty close to what I would think is a very good wine. Seamless and elegantly poised as it strikes a fine balance of fruit oak and really well-managed tannins. A most promising wine.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 10 years
Juniper Estate shiraz 2012 ($37)
Shiraz has been a strong suit for Juniper over the years. This is a more elegant and tightly framed expression than some previously, which is probably a reflection of this less opulent vintage. Has a distinctive savoury character with firm sinewy tannins and plenty of well weighted oak in support. Around 40 per cent new French oak was used yet the depth and concentration of the fruit has well and truly coped.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 10 years
Juniper Estate cabernet sauvignon 2011 ($60)
This was one of the best Margaret River vintages and needless to say winemaker Mark Messenger has produced a special wine. It’s cabernet with small amounts of malbec cab franc and petit verdot. Still quite tightly held with an excellent classically cabernet structure of firm, fine minerally tannins and fine grained supporting oak. Has a little tobacco leaf and black olive influence in there. Will handle some extended cellaring.
SCORE 96/100 CELLAR 12 years
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