Crisp and fruity aromatic white wine that punches out plenty of appealing flavours. It’s loaded with those lovely tropical characters of this variety with a fine crisp acidity that rolls through to the long finish. Simple and delicious and ready to drink.
Opens with a cute herbaceous and lightly tropical aroma that is so distinctive of this blend from this region. Palate is delicate with a beautiful balance of these two varieties held with crisp fine acid. Plenty of depth and persistence and an excellent mouth feel. A light touch of oak contributes to lifting it out of the norm for the style.
The Voyager style is generally one of the delicacy and refinement. Yet the mature vine have the capacity to pump out fruit intensity and this excellently structured and finessed wine shows just that. Neat infusion of oak works well. Light stone fruit nectarine and a little tart pear with some nutty cereal like characters. Really well presented wine.
I was looking forward to seeing this wine from the 2014 fro Voyager. I just had an idea that it was going to be special – well it is. Perfumed aromas of cedar and light white pepper with some neat crush herb influence. The palate is beautifully poised and medium weight with a great tannin and oak balance to hold the fruit so gently. Bright and with so much palate energy. Excellent.
Medium bodied elegantly structured blend. Minty red berry on the nose strikes with immediate appeal. The palate is really impressive with a perfect balance of fruit oak and tannin. It creates a smooth and velvety feel yet there is a core of firmness that holds the line through to the finish.
This is simply one of the best releases from Voyager. The mature vines and a very good vintage have combined to produce something special. Medium to full bodied with elegance and charm oozing from the very long palate. Fine grained oak is well managed and the fully ripe tannins are slightly sinewy to add a sense of purpose and structure.
Voyager Estate sauvignon blanc semillon 2014 ($24)
Perfect example of the quintessential Margaret River blend. It’s a deliciously fruit-driven style with a clean angular line of passionfruit and crunchy tropical influences. A touch of gooseberry and a little herbaceousness adds to the flavour profile. Nice wine for current drinking but it has short-term cellaring appeal.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 5 years
Voyager Estate chenin blanc 2014 ($20)
Terrific value-for-money chenin, a variety traditionally at home in the Swan Valley, yet one which is perfectly suited to the cooler Margaret River region. Ripe tropical fruit with a light dusty of lemon zest. Clean crisp palate with a fresh closing acidity. A beautiful wine for current drinking with seafood.
SCORE 89/100 CELLAR 5 years
Voyager Estate chardonnay 2012 ($45)
This is a most impressive modern style of chardonnay that retains its Margaret River roots. So it’s delicate and slightly restrained yet the underlying power and complexity of mealy grapefruit and light butterscotch is clearly evident. Precise and very long palate. A beautiful wine.
SCORE 96/100 CELLAR 5 years
Voyager Estate Girt by Sea cabernet merlot 2013 ($28)
This has now emerged as one of the best value reds in Margaret River. It’s predominantly cabernet with about a third merlot and some shiraz. The blend works so well providing depth and fruit concentration with a complete and generous palate that floats across the palate. Medium bodied with a structured finish. Excellent drinking in the short term.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 5 years
Voyager Estate shiraz 2013 ($38)
A shiraz showing less sweet fruit opulence than has become the style from Voyager and more savoury, earthy spiciness more akin to Old World wines. May well be a vintage thing, but the result is still a wine that is thoroughly enjoyable. Terrific depth and fruit concentration with the use of a mix of new and old French and American oak very clever. Elegant and dry with a pleasing long finish.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 7 years
Voyager Estate cabernet sauvignon merlot 2011 ($70)
Beautiful expression of this famous Margaret River blend. This has to be one of the best yet from Voyager. Blackcurrant and dark plum on the nose with deep dark chocolate and a trace of leafy tobacco. Firmish supporting tannins and plenty of oak have been required to support the fruit. Expertly-crafted palate which positively powers its way to a very long finish. Excellent cellaring wine.
SCORE 97/100 CELLAR 15 years
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