Shiraz Margaret River South Australia
Juniper of Wilyabrup are one of the oldest vineyards at the heart of Margaret River. The propitious site was surveyed and defined after a subdivision by one of the nation's most prolific artist families, Ben, Andrew and Robert Juniper. They now produce some of the region's most stately Shiraz wines, Crossing are an entry level, fashioned to a fully approachable easy drinking style, whilst displaying all the sophistication of the estate's opulent icon efforts. The Crossings sound structure and solid weight of fruit make the ideal accompaniement to rich, braised meat recipes.
Juniper Estate Vineyard was planted by Henry and Maureen Wright in 1973 on Harmans Road South, in a picturesque setting along Wilyabrup Creek. The vines are grown to Margaret River's famous gravelly loam soils, which have produced so many Australian flagship wines. During the 19th century the road from Busselton to the south ran through what is now the vineyard and forded the Wilyabrup Creek, hence the Crossing. Parcels of dry grown Shiraz are vinified in open fermenters for three to four weeks, while being treated to a course of plunges and pumpovers. Batches are filled to a selection of seasoned and new French oak barrels for malolactic and fourteen months maturation. Alcohol 13.7%
Dense dark purple/ red colour. Bouquets of blackberry, ripe raspberries, dark cherry and plum, a floral lift of violets with a lick of mocha vanillin oak and hints of pepper, liquorice and dark chocolate. The palate exhibits velvety texture, full of black fruit characters and lively spice, cherries and plum, blackcurrants and blackberry along with hints of violet, white pepper and anise, finishing with fine tannins and lingering flavours.