Juniper’s outlook combines its heritage, authenticity, and original thinking with a view to produce elegant and sophisticated wines that showcase the best that the region has to offer. Formerly ‘Wright’s’, the Juniper ‘Estate’ vineyard in Wilyabrup was planted in 1973 and is one of the founding vineyards in the Margaret River region. Roger Hill and Gillian Anderson started Juniper in 1998, and it has been family-run ever since, with Gillian and Roger’s two sons, Nick and Tom, taking over the business in 2017 with the same ambition to make great wines from their family’s vineyards.
Long-term viticulturist, Ianto Ward, manages the 9.56 hectares under vine on site, plus 24.75 hectares more on Juniper’s secondary vineyards. The three vineyards in Wilyabrup, Metricup and Karridale each exhibit distinct characteristics and are certified sustainable.
The resulting fruit reflects each vineyard’s idiosyncrasies and produces wines which rank among the best to come from Margaret River and beyond. Juniper’s certified-sustainable range of wines reflects an undoubted emphasis on the region’s most enduring varieties, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay, but also features alternative varieties, such as tempranillo and fiano.
On the other side of the road from Vasse Felix, Juniper’s cellar door is set amongst beautiful cottage gardens next to the Wilyabrup Brook. Tastings are run at your pace and are relaxed, fun, intimate and informative, with Juniper’s warm and engaging staff there to give local insight into the best places to eat, drink and stay, as well as recommending attractions that you may not find in the usual guides.
Picnic tables are set on the lawns under the shade of mature peppermint trees – a tranquil and peaceful setting that is dog friendly, too. In cooler months, you can enjoy a glass in front of the fire or peruse the vast range of carefully cellared back vintage wines and large format bottles available for sale in the museum room. On most public holidays the second generation of the family can be found preparing and cooking delicious wood fired pizzas for the guests at Juniper, which have gained a sizable following and enviable reputation.
As a down to earth, hands-on operation, Juniper retains its rustic charm. The wines made at the winery reflect a combination of their place, vintage and variety, and are expressions of the team’s passion, to be shared and enjoyed in good company.
⇐ Juniper Cornerstone Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon
A single vineyard origin wine from Juniper’s dry-grown 1973 plantings. The wine is complex, concentrated, layered and long. Renowned for its aromas of black fruits, bay leaf, cedar and overtones of violets. Integrated oak and seamless tannins complete the picture. A superb cellaring proposition for a special occasion.
⇐ Juniper Cornerstone Karridale Chardonnay
Taken from Juniper’s southerly vineyard in Forest Grove, this is a medium to full-bodied wine, with intensity, texture, persistence and balance. Elegant with citrus and mineral flavours, enhanced by spice and nutty elements. A fine, linear, restrained style, with crisp acidity and a very long finish. Excellent cellaring potential.
⇐ Juniper Canvas Fiano
Another single vineyard origin wine from Juniper’s close-planted Karridale site. The wine is made in a zippy, bright, textural style, with pear and stone fruit flavours, enhanced by spice notes and savoury, saline elements. Notably refreshing, and an excellent match with a range of dishes from salt and pepper squid to Pad Thai.
⇐ Juniper Heritage Cane Cut Riesling
Harvested from a single block, this dessert wine is made by cutting the fruit-bearing canes when the flavours in the grapes were at their optimum, and then leaving the bunches hanging on the vines to dehydrate for about three weeks. This concentrates the sugar, natural acidity and flavour, resulting in intense flavours of Meyer lemon, juicy lime and honeycomb, which are gorgeously counterbalanced by a fine, refreshing, acid finish.
98 Tom Cullity Drive,
Tel: (08) 9755 9000
Open seven days, 10am to 5pm
Weddings & Functions
Yes, catering for up to 100 standing guests
5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms house available to rent on Juniper’s Metricup vineyard. Maximum occupancy of 10 persons. Additional ‘Tiny House’ also available for rent on same site which sleeps two in a double bed
Wines may be purchased on the website or through membership of the wine club. Museum releases available for sale. Bahen & Co’s handmade range of single-estate, single-origin and blended chocolates available for purchase