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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The Whicher Ridge Shiraz was tasted over 4 days, and even at the end was dominated by its tannins. On the nose, there are blueberries, mocha, eucalyptus oil, new cedar oak and a shiny, varnished leather, on the palate dark chocolate, blackberry, and black plum. The finish is savoury, with hints of black pepper and more dark chocolate. The wine is more intense at the back, the tannins are prominent, mouth filling and drying, though not unripe. After 4 days the wine was still standing, the fruit holding up, and the oak less obvious. Leathery notes had dropped-off, but the tannin was still front and centre. Not sure how it will age, though I would put it in the cellar for a few years before revisiting unless you are a fan of tannin.
Rating: 88ptsABV: 14.0%
What a difference a day can make. On opening this was a challenging Pinot Noir, that only a real Pinotphile might appreciate, being all sap, spice, and undergrowth. On day 2 however, some lovely strawberry/cherry fruit and sweet oak had come through to balance those savoury, spicy characters. Day 3 continued the trend, and it ended up being a joy to drink. It’s a nicely balanced Pinot that's delivers much drinking pleasure. Gives this another year or so and then enjoy.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
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.