Iconic Voyager Estate has long been a favourite of ours. Located in what James Halliday refers to as the ‘Golden Triangle’ of Margaret River, (encompassing Voyager Estate, Leeuwin Estate and Cape Mentelle) the gravel soils, microclimate, aspect and consistent maritime influence of the Stevens Valley are the foundations of the Voyager style. Steve James and his team set about making honest, true wines that are designed to age with grace and provide long term drinking pleasure. Meticulous vineyard management is at the heart of the Voyager story – the focus being on small, individually cared for blocks of vines that receive parcel by parcel vinification. A combination of traditional methods, sustainable principles and the latest in technology create the ultimate balance for our vineyards and soils. The Voyager team follow a ‘natural farming’ approach to the management of these blocks, drawing on the best principles of organic – and increasingly biodynamic – farming, while remaining pragmatic in their quest to produce the best quality fruit from season to season. Once in the cellar the winemaking style is sensitive, use of new oak is low and restricted to tight-grained French oak barrels, and blending is done after vinification – allowing the team to achieve just the right balance of elegance and finesse and minerality in the final wines. There’s real understated beauty in these wines; reserve, class and polish.
The bouquet shows lifted aromas of dried flowers mingle with blackberries, mulberries and sweet spicy notes of cinnamon and roasted coconut. The palate displays fresh, vibrant blackberry and mulberry fruits with complex earthy, graphite notes and hints of spice. The fine layered tannins integrate seamlessly with nuances of cedar and vanilla derived from the restrained use of French and a hint of American oak with savoury notes on the finish.