Wednesday, September 5, 2012

2009 Juniper Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Margaret River)

The 2009 is the third vintage in a row this wine has achieved 4.5 Stars. Of the three vintages I think the 2008 is perhaps my favourite, but it's a photo-finish with the 07 and 09. Regardless, under Mark Messenger’s guidance, Juniper Estate has moved assuredly into the very top tier of Australian Cabernet. Moreover, this wine represents decent value when compared to many of its peers.

As of now, the 09 certainly needs a good decant before it comes together. Once it does however, it provides a beautiful Margaret River Cabernet experience. It’s medium-bodied and refined, and yet delivers delicious, mouthcoating fruit. Complexity as ever is evident with these Juniper Cabernets as flavours of blackcurrant, liquorice, black olive, tobacco, and gravel come to the fore. Lovely oak is present but well enmeshed in the wine. Fine, yet persistent tannins provide just enough grip to keep a tannin lover like me happy. A long, savoury finish completes the story. This wine needs a stint in the cellar first but it is undoubtedly a great Cabernet.


RRP: $50
ABV: 14.5%
Drink: 2015-2025
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