Juniper Estate is a producer of premium wines in Wilyabrup, the heart of the Margaret River winegrowing area.
It is one of the oldest vineyards in the area.
No sub-region has been historically more important in the success of Margaret River than Wilyabrup, where the first vineyards were planted and wineries built and which continues to be home to a disproportionately large number of famous, usually small, vineyards.
THE JUNIPER ESTATE VINEYARD
Juniper Estate was planted by Henry and Maureen Wright in 1973 on Harmans Road South, in its picturesque setting along the Wilyabrup Creek.
The vineyard grows on the gravelly loam soils, which have produced so many of the Margaret River wines which now command Australia-wide and international recognition.
The land has a rich history.
In the 19 th century the road from Busselton to the south ran through what is now the vineyard and forded the Wilyabrup Creek (hence the “Crossing” range of wines).
It was then part of the group settlement scheme in the years between the World Wars.
The present vineyard block was created by subdivision by the well-known Western Australian artist family, the Junipers after whom it is now named.
The original Margaret River vineyards were planted without irrigation.
Wright’s vineyard was no exception and the original 21 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Semillon and Riesling are dry grown.
Dry land viticulture is now highly regarded for the depth of flavour it produces in the grapes.
The relative lack of water during the dry ripening months is thought to concentrate flavour into lower yields of intensely flavoured fruit.
No quality wine can be made without quality fruit, which requires the utmost care and attention in the vineyard, where re-trellising, restoring and planting, and canopy management all play their part in ensuring the finest quality fruit.
The vineyard is hand pruned and the grapes are hand picked at harvest.
Two acres of Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec were added in 1999, with the aim of extending the flavours of future Estate Cabernets.
All the new plantings are also dry grown.