Voyager Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Current Vintage: 2015
With just three plantings, Australia's roll call for Aligot makes for pretty short reading. There are small parcels in the Whitlands area and in the Margaret River (at Blind Corner), and then there's the mother-vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula, which supplied the cuttings for the two above vineyards.
This is cropped from a mere three rows of 30-year-old vines rooted in the sandy grey loams of Tuerong (someone had some serious vision!) The grapes were hand-harvested and whole-bunch pressed to a single, one-year-old demimuid for a natural ferment, then nine months resting on ferment lees. "A subtler, more savoury and spicier white than the Chardonnays-looks awesome at the table." is how Flanders describes his smallest batch wine. It's a lovely example and very true to the variety. Expect lovely lemon curd and kernel-like fruit as well as a lick of creamy lees and then some driven, sappy freshness.
It is not really summer in Melbourne until you’ve packed up the car and crammed every living friend and relative into the car for a day/weekend trip to the Mornington Peninsula. On the tail end of the Eastern Bay of Melbourne, you can expect to find a dynamic range of beach side living. From the low key, sleepy beach towns to bustling coastal communities - packed with arriviste private schools, cafes, boutiques, competitive polo and some of the most expensive strips of holiday home real estate serving some of the richest people in the nation. You might even catch a glimpse of Lindsay Fox landing his helicopter on his Portsea front beach mansion.
Unlike the pretences of its holiday makers, the region packs a punch now that wine making has returned to favour in the area after a period of decline. You can expect to find high quality, cool climate wines that deliver fresh, smooth mouthfeel and a sense of wanting more. We can’t get enough of summer in the peninsula, and the cracka’ selection of winemakers are a perfect pairing.