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2011 Juniper Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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Juniper Estate is something of a forgotten producer in Margaret River, of a smaller size and without the impact of some more famous names. Yet the vineyard itself is one of the oldest and the winemaking is seriously top shelf. Net result? Underpriced wines built in a classic style.

This is a perfect example. It's got the concentration and power of the absolute finest Margaret River Cabernet, yet without the mega premium reputation. It's like James Bond's cars, which are sports cars no doubt but also pack a serious punch (such as rocket launchers etc).

Winemaker's Notes

Deep red in colour, with a nose that shows ripe blackcurrant, blackberry, plum and cherry fruits mix seamlessly with characters of sage, black olive, licorice and mocha vanillin oak. The palate is generous and silky smooth with controlled concentration of fruit flavours, super-fine chalky tannins ensuring palate length and aging longevity, along with refreshing raspberry acidity.

Alcohol: 14%

Winemaking: The 2011 vintage had a quite warm summer & autumn producing Cabernet Sauvignon with generous ripe fruit flavours and plush tannins, making for a more approachable wine in its youth.This is a single vineyard wine representing the best portions of wine that reflect the nature of the site and the weather conditions of the 2011 vintage. Small quantities of other complimentary varieties are trialled during the final blending to further add to the depth and complexity of the Cabernet Sauvignon. Elegant structure, complexity, depth of quality fruit and balance are the key goals with cellaring potential of at least 10 years.


Awards and Accolades


Gold Medal - 2013 Margaret Rive Wine Show

Silver Medal - 2012 Margaret Rive Wine Show

Silver Medal - 2013 Canberra Wine Show

Silver Medal - 2014 Perth Royal Wine Show

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2011 Juniper Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

Wine Companion (2012 Vintage) says
The picture is still unfolding but it's clear that we have a powerful cabernet on our hands here, presented in an elegant frame. Mulberry and cassis, game and chicory, bay leaves and a slide of cedary oak. It's so neat it feels freshly ironed.
Drink by 2032
94
Campbell Mattinson (2012 Vintage) says
Margaret River cabernet sauvignon, released as a four year old. It’s a medium weight cabernet, clearly into elegant territory but with no lack of power. Flavours of cassis, chicory, game and bay leaves do the talking, though it’s equally categorised by the fine, firm tannin pressed through the back palate. It’s not particularly bright, but it is cabernet and it does come across as exceptionally neat. I wanted to be more excited than I was.
2018 - 2028+
93
James Suckling (2012 Vintage) says
A very stylish and structured Cabernet from 40+ year old vines. This delivers brooding dark berry fruits, cedary oak influence, trademark regional roasting herbs and a gravely savoury thread. The palate has power with style, faultless building tannins, and long purple berry fruit flavours; supple and even. Good to go now but best from 2018. Screw cap.
96
Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
Built for the long haul, this Margaret River Cabernet upholds the integrity of primary red and blackcurrant fruit while beginning to evolve into an enticing spectrum of roast capsicum, cedar and tobacco. Super fine yet confident tannins hold a finish of great endurance, promising a grand future.
95
Ray Jordan (2012 Vintage) says
Shows all the marvellous virtues of Margaret River Cabernet. Blackcurrant aromas with a little black olive 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. Cellar 20 years.
95
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
The picture is still unfolding but it's clear that we have a powerful Cabernet on our hands here, presented in an elegant frame. Mulberry and cassis, game and chicory, bay leaves and a slide of cedary oak. It's so neat it feels freshly ironed. Drink by 2032.
94
Campbell Mattinson (2012 Vintage) says
It’s a medium weight Cabernet, clearly into elegant territory but with no lack of power. Flavours of cassis, chicory, game and bay leaves do the talking, though it’s equally categorised by the fine, firm tannin pressed through the back palate. It’s not particularly bright, but it is Cabernet and it does come across as exceptionally neat. I wanted to be more excited than I was.
93
Huon Hooke (2012 Vintage) says
Deep red colour with a trace of purple. The bouquet is intense and rich with a strong oak backing and a trace of funk. It's the same in the mouth, where the flavour is deep and lasting, generously imbued with high-quality oak and a finish that rolls on and on. It's quite firm and should be quite long-lived.
92
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
A wine I ve come to look forward to trying each year, as the standard of recent releases has been consistently high. The 2010 is no exception, with a deep cherry and black fruit nose, cassis and purple fl orals, sweet oak adding interest and a thread of ripe, leafy regional character in the mix. The palate is brimming with lively fruit attack; there s cassis, anise and toasty, cedary oak here. Impressive, chalky tannin texture, really packed with flavour, immensely fresh too. Superb once again.
2020
Good Wine Guide
96
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright crimson-purple; has brushed away the impact of 15 months of maturation in French oak, still fresh and vibrant with an abundance of cassis fruit and a strong substrate of tannins. A long life ahead.
To 2035
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
94
The Wine Front (2010 Vintage) says
Gary Walsh: The Wine Front.
95
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
Probably the most elegant and stylish Juniper cabernet yet released. Harnesses the old vine power of these vines with silky oak and tannins and deft winemaking. Typical black currant and savoury plum characters on the nose. Obviously still pretty tight yet it is just so approachable with its deep supple concentration of fruit. excellent wine.
The West Australian Wine Guide
94
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
Mark Messenger has really climbed into the top tier of Margaret River cabernet in the last three releases (2007-2009). This shows a very composed and fresh-smelling set of pristine cabernet berry fruits, fragrant, violet-like florals, leaves, roasting herbs, cedary oak and gravelly nuances. The palate's built on a core of fine, ripe tannins and cloaked in ripe purple-berry fruit flavours - very smooth and even, long and regal - freshness from top to toe. It's quite approachable now and will cellar magnificently.
2015
The Good Wine Guide
96
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Deep garnet, bright; a graceful and understated bouquet, revealing blackcurrant, lavender, violet and a touch of leafy complexity; the palate is full-bodied, but not full-blooded, with restraint the order of the day; long, expansive and with a long future ahead.
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2013
95
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
I have revisited this several times over the course of writing this year's Guide and have upped the ante to place this in the very top level of Margaret River Cabernet. This has a youthful allure about it and is just settling into stride on the nose. Smells of mocha-scented oak give way to leaves and cassis, fresh-picked roasting herbs and some earthy nuances too. The palate has lively, supple berry uptake amid rich, swirling tannins that straighten through the middle and pin the finish into long, even shape. Toasty oak adds swanky style. This is quite a wine, immaculately complete in every sense - Juniper Estate has truly arrived.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
96
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Purple-crimson; typical of the somewhat severe but clear-cut expression of cabernet in Margaret River this vintage, with pure blackcurrant, earth and cassis fruit; here the tannins are evident but are ripe and in balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
Fruit concentration and power are evident from the first time you plonk you nose into this pure essence of cabernet fruit. A nice mix of fresh cut flowers with more substantial black currant and black olive beneath the surface. The palate has power in abundance with the oak worked into the ripe opulent fruit. Tannins re firm and astringent. Excellent wine for the cellar.
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
93
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Juniper Estate has been an above average performer in recent years but we reckon this release is a real breakthrough wine. Whoa. Here's a wine. Lovely pencilly oak, attractive notes of wet cement (stick with us) and lots of fleshy mulberrylike fruit flavour. Fluid, balanced, really smooth but firm tannin. Just so impressive. Top-shelf Margaret River cabernet. If you have a taste for good Aussie cabernet, seek this out. We're all over it.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
96
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Vibrant colour; nice essency cabernet fruit, with a savoury black olive aspect in the background; quite fleshy, but a little short on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
Ray Jordan (2005 Vintage) says
Great vintage and great wine. No question this is the most complete Cabernet yet from Juniper. Those old vines have pumped out some silky smooth Cabernet fruit, behind which there is power and immense concentration. Ripe, sinewy tannins and fragrant oak with primary characters of blackcurrant emerging.
Ray Jordan's 2009 WA Wine Guide 2009
94
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Flowery aromas of berry, spice and a touch of mint; a fine, medium-bodied palate, with powdery, fine tannins sprinkled throughout its length in estate style; restrained fruit and extract
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
93
Nick Stock (2004 Vintage) says
A complex, deeply spiced and measured cabernet that has some resolve and class about it; leafy/savoury cassis fruits, regal cedary oak and some gravelly notes below. Fine supple tannins, a bright and even palate, it drives through the finish with slick tannin shape, ending with poise.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
94
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Light- to medium-bodied; bright, fresh, lively dark fruits; just a trifle angular.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
89
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Clean and fresh; distinctly savoury and less ripe than the '01; earthy fruit, savoury tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
89
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; a stylish and complex bouquet features fine, dark berry fruit and integrated oak, leaving one entirely unprepared for the massively powerful and tannic palate. If the tannins soften and some back into balance the wine will handsomely repay those who are true believers, but right now it is hard to see how the tannins will soften sufficiently before the fruit fades.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
88
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; the complex bouquet has abundant blackcurrant/blackberry varietal fruit; the very powerful palate has firm savoury/earthy/blackberry fruit, the tannins are likewise firm but fine, the oak influence throughout being subtle.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
92

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