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.
Tasting Notes: No brashness here, rather a softly aromatic genteel Cabernet from a classic Margaret River vintage. Freshly crushed raspberries mixed with red and black currants combine with cedary vanilla oak, black olive and roasting herbs are all part of complex and alluring aromatics. The palate is poised with excellent clarity of varietal fruit; the texture has velvet-like plushness with the super fine tannins being supple and supportive.
Winemaker's Notes: The 2012 vintage was superb in Margaret River with plenty of gentle sunshine for perfect ripening of Cabernet Sauvignon for both flavour and tannin. There was no bird pressure due to them being satisfied with their natural nectar source of the Marri blossom, so that allowed for long hang time of the grapes on the vines to complete ripening. Made from fruit off 39 year old dry-grown vines, the 2012 Juniper Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a single vineyard wine grown and made with the utmost care and attention. It is made in a style that will reward ageing for at least two decades.
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon 88%, Malbec 8%, Cabernet Franc 4%
Awards: Gold Medal - 2016 Winewise Small Vigneron Awards Silver Medal - 2014 Margaret River Wine Show