Current Vintage: 2016
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The fruit was de-stemmed, retaining as many whole berries as possible, then fermented in open fermenters with regular, gentle pump-overs or plunging. Fermentation lasted 13 days and select parcels were left on skins for up to 26 days before being pressed. Each parcel remained separate during the whole process, which included 18 months of maturation in tight-grained French oak (50% new). The wines were racked every three months to aid clarification. Only after aging was the blend made. The final wine was bottled in January 2018.
This is a really bright, red-fruited and spicy Cabernet with fabulous purity and finesse--all of which reflects the cooler climate Stevens Valley location of these vines (in the Wallcliffe sub-region). Still really youthful of course, it is nonetheless a lovely drink now (especially in a larger glass). Another first-rate release from Voyager.
Despite viticulture being barely 50 years old (with the first vines being planted in the 1960's), the Margaret River wine region has firmly established itself as a global rising star. The climate of the region is so befitting to winemaking (and similar to the French region) that it is commonly called Australia's answer to Bordeaux.
The vignerons of Australia's west coast have quickly harnessed this ancient terroir, which is suited perfectly to viticulture, and now produce 25% of Australia's premium wine. Amongst other varietals, the elegant Cabernets, Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blanc of the Margaret River won't disappoint even the most discerning of tastebuds.
"Quite a bit of pine and peppermint here over red and black fruits, cedar and some rosy perfume. It's just over medium-bodied, firm and full of grainy tannin, some rose oil perfume in with red and black fruits, has a quiet power, but also a slightly hard feel to it. A bit angular. It's a good wine, though it's not exactly lovable, if that makes sense." 92 Points, Gary Walsh, The Winefront