Voyager | Girt by Sea Chardonnay
Current Vintage: 2018
From an ideal, slow-ripening season, this opens with attractive aromas of grapefruit, lemon rind and cashew nut with hints of nougat. The soft, creamy textural palate reveals layers of sweet lemon and grapefruit with hints of dried pears and nougat. The wine carries a gentle toasted oak edge, is perfectly balanced and finishes with a bright natural acidity.
Sourced entirely from Estate-grown vineyards, the idea is to craft a more fruit-driven, early drinking companion to the Estate Chardonnay. The blend is drawn from six separate blocks, predominantly planted to the Gin Gin clonal material. The fruit was pressed and settled overnight prior to fermentation in both stainless steel and French oak barrels. Natural yeast dominated the primary fermentation, after which the wines were matured for nine months in oak barrels, with monthly stirring to add further complexity and texture.
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.