Current Vintage: 2018
Vintage may vary during the year. If you are looking for a specific vintage, please get in touch.
Voyager's Project label is one of those gifts that keeps on giving. This latest release is the result of a trial to see what Cabernet might produce as a lighter, 'Beaujolais Nouveau' style. Using Clone 337 (a good one), planted on Ullingers Block 4, this was fermented as a layer cake, with 30% whole bunches sandwiched between layers of de-stemmed fruit. Clone 337 tends to a lower tannin profile, and Voyager's juice spent just seven days on skins, picking up only a pinch of these (they are present though). The wine then competed fermentation in stainless steel prior to three months on light lees.
Bottled unfined in June 2020, our allocation is limited to just 20 boxes. The result is a bright, red fruited, punchy little red dripping with cherry and aniseed fruit notes and prickly tannins keeping it real. Delicious and terrific value.
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.
"Over the past few years, winemaker Steve James and the team at Voyager have been converting their vineyards to certified organic farming, and experimenting with less mainstream styles under the Project Wine label: pet-nats, whole bunch reds, etc. This early-bottled, unoaked cabernet sauvignon is the latest in the range and it's a cracker: unadulterated, ravishing essence of grippy blackcurrant fruit. It's a great early indication of the quality of the vintage in this part of the world." Number 3, Max Allen, Australian Financial Review, Top 20 wines of 2020 (ready to drink now)