— VOYAGER ESTATE —
Margaret River – Australia - Stevens Road, Margaret River, Western Australia 6285 - http://www.voyagerestate.com.au
Voyager Estate, first planted in 1978, is led by Alexandra Burt who carries on her late father, Michael Wright’s legacy as one of Margaret River’s best estates. 150 years of farming underpin the Wright family's dedication to Voyager Estate: viticulture and winemaking bringing everything Michael loved about agriculture together in one enterprise. Michael settled on this special site in Stevens Valley because of its geology (the oldest in Australia), the gravel soils, microclimate, aspect and consistent maritime influence.
Manager of winemaking and viticulture, Steve James, continues this meticulous approach in the organic-in-conversion vineyards and winery, allowing the wines to express a sense of place. The use of very high quality, predominantly tight-grained French oak offers structure and complexity and supports the full expression of site. Small batch fermentation to keep small blocks or parcels separate throughout fermentation and maturation before the final blend. Sensitive handling of the fruit including hand harvesting, individually sorting and whole bunch pressing Chardonnay. Using a sorting table to hand-sort red fruit, removing leaves and stalks to ensure that only fruit enters the fermentation vessel.
2018 VOYAGER ESTATE PROJECT SPARKLING CHENIN BLANC Organic in conversion
Made using the traditional method for sparkling wine production from our best Chenin Blanc vineyard. Selected hand-harvested fruit and inspiration from the heritage of this unique varietal in Margaret River, has produced a wine displaying complexity and refined elegance.
Aromas of red delicious apples and grapefruit, with nuances of freshly baked oat crumble. Bright fruit spectrum of red apples and grapefruit, with a vibrant textural palate leading to some toasty oat crumble notes and a clean, crisp finish.
2016 VOYAGER ESTATE GIRT BY SEA CHARDONNAY Organic in conversion
Sourced from Estate grown vineyards, the wine was crafted to create a fruit-driven, early drinking style.
Attractive aromas of citrus and tropical fruits with hints of nougat and talc. The medium weight textural palate displays vibrant flavours of citrus fruits, dried pears and some riper tropical notes. The restrained use of French oak and wild yeast fermentation adds subtle complexity and texture to the palate which finishes with a clean mineral edge.
2014 VOYAGER ESTATE GIRT BY SEA CABERNET MERLOT Organic in conversion
A soft, fruit-driven style of wine that is reflective of its regional varietal characteristics, displaying fruit purity, structure and balance. Matured in a combination of new, two- and three-year seasoned French and American oak for 12 months.
Lifted floral berry fruit aromas with hints of spice and vanillin tones that flow through to dusty cedar notes from the fine-grained French oak. A rich, smooth palate with complex layers of red and dark berry fruits. The palate is soft and juicy with hints of vanilla, spice and chocolate, supported by fine-grained tannins and perfectly integrated French oak.
2014 VOYAGER ESTATE CHARDONNAY Organic in conversion
James Halliday, Wine Companion – 94 points Silver
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front – 94 points
James Suckling – 94 points
Sarah Ahmed, Decanter – 93 points
A perfect ripening period for Chardonnay has produced a fine and elegant wine, displaying the hallmark flavours of lemon pith and grapefruit, with hints of pears and white stone fruit. Early hand-harvesting, use of wild yeast fermentation and grape solids, combined with regular batonnage, have all contributed texture, complexity and balance to the wine. Sensitive winemaking techniques and the use of French oak, have produced a wine with great flavour and texture, which is restrained, complex and elegant.
A wine of great depth and purity, textural mid-palate with citrus fruits in the lime, lemon pith and grapefruit spectrum lead to a fine, balanced, mineral and savoury finish.
2014 VOYAGER ESTATE SHIRAZ Organic in conversion
The 2014 vintage has produced a vibrant wine with great concentration and purity of fruit, while still retaining the finesse and elegance which are the hallmarks of the Voyager Estate style. The wine displays layers of sweet red, black and blue fruits on the nose and palate, with hints of spice and nougat. Matured in 34% new, 40% one-year-old and 26% two-year-old oak of which 88% French oak and 12% American oak for 11 months.
The palate displays layers of vibrant red, black and blue fruits with a silky texture and delicate floral spicy nuances. The fine layered tannins integrate seamlessly with hints of cedar and vanillin derived from the restrained use of French and American oak.
2012 VOYAGER ESTATE CABERNET MERLOT Organic in conversion
Sommelier Wine Awards 2018 – TROPHY Fine Wine of the Year Award and Gold medal.
James Halliday, Wine Companion – 95 points Gold
Huon Hooke, The Real Review – 95 points 5-stars
Sarah Ahmed, Decanter – 95 points
Hand-harvested parcels of fruit from our very best vineyard blocks are kept separate during fermentation and maturation for 18 months in tight-grain French oak barriques. A wine of great structure, complexity and depth of flavour, yet displaying elegance and balance.
The palate displays sweet dark berry fruit with earthy gravelly notes. Hints of cedar and bay leaf add a nice savoury element to the wine. The wine is rich and complex with great length and balance supported by fine-grained tannins and seamlessly integrated French oak.
2008 VOYAGER ESTATE CABERNET MERLOT Museum Release
A challenging early spring growing season was followed by a very warm and dry summer. These conditions, combined with mild evening temperatures, meant ripening was steady and resulted in tannin ripeness prior to full flavour development. This enabled the fruit to be harvested at its optimum for the expression of fresh, elegant fruit flavours with fine, chalky tannins and lower potential alcohols. Harvest was completed by the end of the first week of April which was perfect timing, given a 60 mm downpour a week later.
A lovely array of ripe red and dark berry fruit with hints of bay leaf and dark chocolate. Ripe, soft dark berry fruit character dominate with hints of bay leaf characteristic Margaret River Cabernet. A wine of great fruit purity, now nicely softening into some secondary character which displays fine, ripe tannins and a savoury, toasty oak influence.
Organic in conversion & Sustainable Practices
Voyager Estate is organic in conversion. The estate is situated in a very special part of the world, and their objective is to achieve environmental balance: this means becoming a wholly-sustainable enterprise. Their dedicated environmental journey began in 2004 and continued as they learn both through hands-on experience and undertaking the meticulous conversion to organic certification. A natural farming approach to vineyard management with a focus on building a healthy and resilient vineyard through the use of only organic inputs and the encouragement of biodiversity. This helps maintain balance in their ecosystem, ensuring sustainability for generations to come.
Western Australia’s Margaret River is a strongly maritime-influenced, with an ‘overall the climate is similar (in terms of warmth) to that of Bordeaux in a dry vintage,’ writes James Halliday (The Australian Wine Encyclopedia, 2009). While the region’s 54 square kilometres under vine is varied, generally it’s planted on gravelly, sandy loam soils over granite and gneissic rock, famous for cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, shiraz, merlot and chenin blanc production.
Voyager Estate’s vineyards are in the Stevens Valley located within the Wallcliffe subregion of Margaret River. The area has gentle slopes of red/brown gravelly soils, about one metre deep, with a stony/clay subsoil. With 80% of the annual rainfall in winter, and warm to hot summer conditions, Margaret River has low humidity and therefore less chance for disease during the vital growing and ripening period. Surrounded on three sides by the Indian Ocean, cooling sea breezes temper the summer heat, providing a consistent climate. Voyager Estate is only five kilometres from the ocean, as the crow flies, acknowledged in the name of Girt by Sea Cabernet Merlot and Chardonnay.