About This Wine
88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. Since the watershed 2001 release, Voyager's flagship Cabernet/Merlot has gone from strength to strength. Based on fruit from the 35-year-old Estate block with the addition of some grapes from the precocious and exciting Block 12, and a smidge of Willyabrup Merlot, this is distinguished Margaret River at its finest. These three vineyards all display exceptional consistency from season to season and showcase clear vineyard site expression producing wines with great intensity and individuality. The vineyards are all planted on gravelly soil types with an underlying stony-clay base, characterized by excellent drainage properties. Matured in 50% new and 50% two-year-old fine-grained French oak for 18 months, there is an intensity of blackcurrant and black cherry fruit matched with a wonderful coolness and that classic bay-leaf sappiness that makes this wine so unique and delicious. A terrifically classy wine.
The palate displays sweet dark and red berry fruit with earthy gravelly notes. Hints of graphite and bayleaf add a 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.
|Varietal(s)||Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot|
Margaret River Wine
In the southwest of Western Australia, the Margaret River wine region is unique in that it is the most maritime-influenced region in all of Australia. The cool Indian ocean breezes come in through the summer to keep the temperatures around the vines steady resulting in an unusually even accumulation of warmth in the growing season. It is also quite dry as interestingly less than 20% of the annual rainfall occurs as the grapes are growing. The region’s climatic factors have been compared to what Bordeaux would be like in a dry season. While the region’s total production is relatively small (3% of Australia’s total wine production), it is responsible for 20% of our premium wine market.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz as well as Bordeaux blends are all very popular red wine options in the region.
For whites, refreshing blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon as well as complex, age worthy Chardonnays are the specialties.
The Wine Front – Cherry, tobacco, dark chocolate and bay leaf, with a dusting of spiced vanilla oak. Medium bodied, good fleshy fruit and mouth-perfume, a little beef and malt, fine grained tannin and a crunch of fresh acidity, with a fair volume of fragrant fruit and spice to close. Very stylish.